Gold Coast man accused of stealing ‘Apple’ products during organised meet-ups

A Gold Coast man has been charged over a string of robbery and stealing incidents across the Gold Coast over the past two months.

The 26-year-old was taken into custody at a home in Main Beach on Monday following an ongoing investigation.

He was charged with 12 counts of stealing from a person, four counts of robbery and a number of fraud and drug related offences.


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Police allege 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 then allegedly snatch the items before fleeing the scene in a vehicle.

Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said police are now appealing for any other potential victims to come forward.

He also issued a warning to anyone using online marketplaces to sell goods.

“We encourage sellers to be vigilant when meeting with potential buyers by looking into previous reviews and feedback,” he said.

“We also encourage any exchanges be conducted a safe public environment.”

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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