UPDATE @ 5.30PM Police have now charged a man over an alleged car jacking in Surfers Paradise this morning.
The 29-year-old was arrested in Southport this morning after officers executed a search warrant.
The man has been charged with armed robbery in company and two counts each of fraud and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
He’s due to face Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Police are continuing their investigations and are still searching for up to three other men.
EARLIER @ 12.30 PM | A MAN is being questioned by police following an armed robbery in Surfers Paradise early this morning.
Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Dane Sheraton confirmed at a press conference a short time ago that the 29-year-old was taken into custody after officers executed a search warrant at a Southport address.
It comes after a 25-year-old man was robbed of his phone, watch and rental car while sitting in his vehicle at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Peninsula Drive around 3am.
Investigations are ongoing.
EARLIER @ 10.50 AM | POLICE are hunting a group of men who robbed another man of his phone, watch and rental car in Surfers Paradise early this morning.
The 25-year-old was sitting in his rented Nissan XTrail at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Peninsula Drive around 3am when a stolen Mitsubishi Magna parked in front of him.
Police say one of the men in the stolen car approached the 25-year-old’s vehicle and threatened him with a knife.
“The victim exited the car, where a second man stole his car-keys, iPhone and watch, before the two men drove away in his vehicle,” Gold Coast police said in a statement.
The man managed to escape uninjured.
Investigations into the armed robbery are ongoing.
A Gold Coast man is planning to purchase his first home after winning a whopping $25,000 on an Instant Scratch-It.
The man, from Southport, scratched one of the top prizes on the $2 scratchie he bought from Spano’s Supa IGA at Crestwood Plaza in Molendinar.
Speaking to a Golden Casket official this afternoon to claim his prize, the man shared how he came to hold the winning scratchie.
“I am moving houses at the moment and I was cleaning and came across an old ticket, so I thought I would take it into the newsagency to check it,” he explained.
“Turns out I won a few dollars and so I bought another Instant Scratch-Its ticket.
“When I scratched it, I actually thought I had won $1,000 and I was so excited. But when I took it to the counter to claim my prize, the guy said ‘We can’t pay this sorry, it’s too much.’
“So I checked the ticket again and realised I hadn’t scratched it all and just thought ‘Holy sh*t! I won the top prize!’
When asked how he planned to spend his win, the man admitted he would use the money wisely.
“For now, I am going to put it in the bank to earn some interest,” he said.
“I am looking at buying a house, so I will eventually put it towards my mortgage.
“I will definitely celebrate. I will take the family out to dinner and then take the missus out for some fun.”
FIRE crews have rushed to the scene of a vehicle fire on the Gold Coast this afternoon.
A van erupted into flames on Government Road in Labrador just before 1.30pm.
A Queensland Fire and Rescue spokesperson confirmed the vehicle was “well involved” when crews arrived, however the blaze has since been extinguished.
Luckily, no one is believed to have been injured.
It’s not yet known what sparked the fire.
Shovels will hit the ground in Pimpama, with construction about to start on one of the M1’s worst exits.
The off-ramp is getting much needed improvements, after Deputy Mayor Donna Gates flagged the issue with the State Government.
It had become a bottleneck for locals, who were hamstrung by the heavy traffic impacting surrounding roads.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the development should improve the flow of traffic.
“These works will create more capacity at the northbound off-ramp and also involve the installation of roundabout metering at the Rifle Range Road and Yawalpah Road roundabouts,” he said.
“Roundabout metering technology will control the flow of traffic at the roundabouts, and reduce the need for motorists to queue on the M1 shoulder, which we often see at peak hour.”
Cr Gates welcomed the development, but posted on Facebook “let’s hope it works more effectively than at exit 45.”.
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