Alleged opal thief Carlo Kohl arrived at the Hervey Bay Police Station under heavy guard from Maryborough Police District detectives.
Alleged opal thief Carlo Kohl arrived at the Hervey Bay Police Station under heavy guard from Maryborough Police District detectives. Karleila Thomsen

$165,000 opal theft suspect found

HERVEY Bay police have finally caught up with a German man who fled when officers uncovered $165,000 worth of opals in his car.

Carlo Kohl sparked a massive man-hunt last year but was yesterday extradited back to the region to face a number of charges, including threatening a River Heads man at gunpoint and stealing his vehicle.

The 22-year-old arrived at the Hervey Bay Police Station under heavy guard yesterday after being flown back to the region from Melbourne.

He will face charges of armed robbery, deprivation of liberty, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and property offences.

Police said Kohl was wanted on five warrants and was a suspect in 21 other offences dating back to 2006.

He was successfully extradited after Melbourne detectives informed local officers of his whereabouts.

Detectives from the Hervey Bay CIB flew to Victoria on Monday to bring him back.

Kohl has been wanted in Queensland since he fled from police when his car was pulled over at River Heads on June 21.

Police seized 45 opals, allegedly stolen from Coober Pedy, that were found in the vehicle.

A German woman was in the car at the time and was extradited to South Australia soon after.

On June 23 last year, Kohl allegedly held a replica gun to another man’s head before stealing a transit van from a River Heads property.

This sparked a five-hour search for him through back roads and paddocks in Booral.

Police said Noosa detectives would travel to Hervey Bay to question Kohl over offences from the Sunshine Coast.

Kohl will appear in court today.



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