Four teens in custody after armed robberies in Toowoomba and South Brisbane

Four teenagers are in custody following three opportunistic and brazen daylight robberies in Toowoomba and Wishart today.

A 62-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman had their green Toyota Camry allegedly stolen from their driveway this morning as they were commemorating ANZAC Day in Olivedale Court at Rangeville.

Police will allege four teenagers, armed with a baseball bat and knives, threatened the pair, forcing them back inside their home, where they stole mobile phones before fleeing the couple’s Toyota Camry.

This vehicle was then driven to Wishart where the four occupants spotted another vehicle in a driveway in Coora Street. It will be alleged three of the teens exited the stolen Camry, armed with a baseball bat and knives, and threatened a 27-year-old Highgate Hill woman before stealing her 2016 grey Subaru XV.

Both stolen vehicles were driven away from the address and soon after, at around 10.45am they came across a 2016 white VW Tiguan travelling along Hurlestone Street at Wishart. It will be alleged that one of the stolen vehicles stopped in front of the Tiguan and one behind it, forcing the driver to stop.

One of the male’s then opened the driver’s side door and allegedly threatened the driver, a 42-year-old Mt Gravatt man with a machete, forcing him from the vehicle.

All three stolen vehicles were then driven away.

None of the victims were physically injured.

Around 11:30am, police were alerted to the stolen Subaru travelling on the Warrego Highway near Helidon. A tyre deflation device was successfully deployed with the vehicle coming to a stop between Helidon and Withcott.

A short time later, police observed the stolen Volkswagen travelling west on the Toowoomba Bypass near Withcott. A tyre deflation device was deployed successfully with the vehicle coming to a stop near the Boundary Street off-ramp.

Four boys, two aged 15 and two aged 16, were taken into custody without incident.

The 2007 green Toyota Camry, with Queensland registration 750 KVI stolen from Rangeville remains missing (similar to the one pictured below).

If sighted, please do not approach but immediately call Triple Zero (000).

Investigations are continuing.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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