Two men have been arrested as investigations continue into multiple incidents yesterday involving stolen cars and firearms.
It will be alleged that throughout yesterday (Sunday 22 December), police received several reports of members of the public being threatened with a firearm.
At 5.30am a man was driving on Bagster Road, Salisbury North when another car described as a small grey hatchback cut him off. The victim reported that a passenger exited the car and pointed a firearm at him. The victim sped away from the scene and contacted police.
Then just after 6am, a man was walking along Village Terrace in Blakeview when he was threatened with a firearm. Two men then stole his bag and the victim was punched in the face. The men were in a small silver hatchback.
Just after 7.15am a victim was parked on Fuller Street in Walkerville when a stolen lime green coloured Holden Commodore utility reversed up to his car. The passenger got out of the ute and threatened the victim with two firearms before stealing his wallet and phone.
Just before 11.45am a victim reported he was driving along Bolivar Road in Paralowie when a small hatchback pulled alongside him and the occupant threatened him with a handgun.
Just after 7.35pm, a victim was in Creslin Avenue in Ingle Farm when a car pulled alongside and the driver threatened him with a firearm. The victim sped away.
About 9.20pm when a man was approached in Pauls Drive at Valley View.
The victim was threatened and he was assaulted with what he describes as a shotgun.
The man then stole the victim’s vehicle, a blue 2011 Ford Falcon utility and drove away.
The green Holden ute was found about 2am today (Monday 23 December) at Angle Park, where one man was arrested after being found near the vehicle. The 28-year-old Virginia man was charged with multiple offences including illegal use of a motor vehicle, driving while disqualified and driving under the influence of drugs. He was bailed to appear in court at a later date.
Just after 7am today patrols were called to Oak Avenue, after the blue Ford ute was found by a member of the public. It has been recovered by police, and towed away for forensic examination.
Extra resources including STAR Group patrols attended the scene to assist in the search for the suspect, and a 33-year-old Burton man was arrested nearby just before 9.30am.
He was then taken to the Lyell McEwin Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and will face numerous charges once he is released back into police custody.