Man charged over stealing and robbery offences, Gold Coast and North Brisbane Districts

Police have charged a man over a series of stealing and robbery offences that occurred across the Gold Coast and North Brisbane districts in October and November this year., Queensland Police say

It’s alleged that the man would contact sellers of ‘Apple’ products via online marketplaces and facilitate a face to face exchange.

Upon meeting the sellers, the man would allegedly snatch the items before fleeing the scene in a vehicle.

In response to these offences, ‘Operation Quebec Proton’ was established as a partnership between the Gold Coast and Indooroopilly Criminal Investigation Branches.

Following a two-month investigation, Gold Coast detectives arrested a man at Main Beach yesterday.

A 26-year-old Main Beach man has now been charged with 12 counts of stealing from a person, four counts of robbery and a number of fraud and drug related offences.

He is scheduled to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court today, Tuesday November 27.

Police are now appealing for other potential victims to come forward, if they have been subject to a similar theft.

Detective Inspector Brendan Smith of the Northern Crime Group said: “We encourage sellers to be vigilant when meeting with potential buyers by looking into previous reviews and feedback. We also encourage any exchanges be conducted a safe public environment”.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers.

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