Man faces court over car-jacking
AN 18-year-old Tweed Heads man will face Southport Magistrates Court today over a range of offences on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.
The man was arrested yesterday afternoon about 2.50pm when DST police intercepted a stolen car on Fifteenth Avenue at Palm Beach. The car was linked to five armed car-jackings and impersonating police offences.
Gold Coast Police had been searching since Sunday for the man who used a stolen Audi with red and blue flashing lights to pull over five drivers in two days on the Southern Gold Coast.
The Audi was stolen at knife-point on February 2 from a couple in a Tweed Heads shopping centre car park.
Southern Investigative Group Detective Inspector Brian Swan said the Audi was recovered on Tuesday night from a Toowong Shopping Centre car park.
A 37-year-old man was car-jacked the same night in the car park, with the thief stealing his blue 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan, which is the same car police stopped yesterday at Palm Beach.
“We can't establish any particular motive for committing these offences,” Det Insp Swan said.
Gold Coast Police had yesterday morning renewed their appeal for information after two incidents on Tuesday night.
Prior to stealing the Mitsubishi Lancer, a man attempted to car-jack a 27-year-old woman as she entered her car in a Logan shopping centre car park.
“The man threatened the woman with a knife and demanded the keys to her vehicle,” Det Insp Swan said.
“She attempted to call police, at which point the offender has taken her mobile phone and fled to a nearby parked Audi sedan.
“At this stage no one has been harmed.”
He has been charged with three counts of armed robbery relating to the alleged theft of vehicles while armed with a knife at Oxenford and Broadbeach on February 5 and at Toowong on February 8, and one count of attempted armed robbery relating to a similar incident at Logan on February 8.
The man has also been charged with four counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, 10 counts of stealing, six counts of deprivation of liberty (relating to impersonating police), one count each of threatening violence, stealing, common assault, wilful damage, and arson of a motor vehicle, and three counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
On Tuesday night police released an image of the man they wished to speak to in relation to the offences. He was described as about 172cms tall with a proportionate build and short-cropped dark hair with a distinct tattoo on his neck reading “life”.