Police begin manhunt
SUNSHINE Coast police have began a massive manhunt for more than 30 alleged gang members wanted for 190 violent robberies across south-east Queensland.
Six members of the Coast's Property Crime Squad joined officers from Brisbane yesterday to form a special taskforce dedicated to the arrest of offenders responsible for crimes dating back to December last year.
The arrest of four alleged offenders in Brisbane's north over the weekend initiated the police operation, codenamed Kilo Perpetual, when one gang member was shot trying to evade police.
Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said the crime spree had left Coast businesses thousands of dollars in dept.
"There have been numerous crimes here that relate directly to crimes occurring in Brisbane," Snr Sgt Edwards said.
"We have footage and we know who there are, now we can get to the task of capturing them."
One of the men allegedly involved in the gang originates from Nambour.
He and other members have been linked to several overnight break-ins earlier this month, including BWS bottle shops at Buderim and Forest Glen and Cash Converters at Kawana Home Central.
A gold Holden Commodore stolen from a Buderim home and a red Ford Falcon used in raids in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast will be a focus for police.
Snr Sgt Edwards said police were also concerned that a number of shopping complexes were being targeted.
"It is important that we use the information and CCTV footage to apprehend these people," he said.
"We are working with Brisbane now and we hope the frustration felt here and further south will be put to an end."
The three men caught on Sunday night are in custody and one, with a gunshot wound, remains under police guard in hospital.
Police are asking any members of the public with information about any offences to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.