Police on a property at Glenview Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Police on a property at Glenview Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

Three arrested after terrifying armed hold-up of family

SUNSHINE Coast Detectives have charged a man and arrested another two following a terrifying armed robbery of man and his family at Maroochydore.

Police say it will be alleged that around 1:20pm on June 29 a male driver of a white utility pointed a firearm at a man and his family who were in another vehicle on Buderim Mooloolaba Road in Mooloolaba.

A second incident occurred around 3:30pm at a hotel on Bradman Avenue, Maroochydore where it is alleged the same man made demands for money, damaged property, physically assaulted a male employee and made threats with a firearm.

The employee suffered minor injuries as a result of the incident.

Then just before 11pm on the same day Police sighted the white utility with three occupants on Caloundra Road, Little Mountain where it is alleged the driver evaded police.

Yesterday police arrested the trio after conducting search warrants at an Isenbergs Road and Diamond Valley Road address where they allegedly seized a number of weapons.

A 30-year-old Mooloolah Valley man has been charged with two counts of enter premises and one count each of going armed to cause fear, assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed, stealing, possess shortened firearm and unlawful possession of weapons.

He is due to appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court today.

A 33-year-old Diamond Valley man and a 26-year-old Maroochydore man are currently assisting police with enquiries.
Investigations are continuing.

Police up heat in hunt for Coast gunman

THE hunt continues for two men, possibly armed, after they were reportedly spotted in Glenview yesterday morning.

Reports filtered through on Monday that a gun had been pointed at a man and his family who were in another car on Buderim-Mooloolaba Rd, Mooloolaba at about 1.20pm by the driver of a white Ford Courier Ute, before the same man allegedly demanded money from a male hotel employee at a hotel in Maroochydore at about 3.30pm.

The white, 2004 model ute, registration number 793 MVG was then reportedly sighted in Glenview yesterday morning at a petrol station.

The attendant jotted down the number plate, sparking police into action again.

Have you seen this vehicle? Contact Crime Stoppers.
Have you seen this vehicle? Contact Crime Stoppers.

Meanwhile, police crews and a dog squad were reportedly employed to investigate an alleged break-in at Isambert Rd, Glenview, with crews on-scene yesterday afternoon investigating reports of a bizarre break-in, during which the homeowners, overseas at the time, had seen the break-in happening on a live CCTV feed.

Sunshine Coast CIB officer in charge, Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said it did not appear there were links between the incidents, but police would continue to investigate both the break-in, and the alleged gunman who remained at-large overnight.