A MAN who allegedly carjacked a hire car on the Gold Coast has been caught on camera at a service station moments later, filling up the stolen vehicle with petrol and driving off without paying.
The Nissan X-Trail was carjacked at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Peninsula Drive in Surfers Paradise just before 3am last Tuesday, September 18.
It’s understood a 25-year-old Korean tourist was sitting in the X-Trail, which was stopped at the intersection when a stolen 2005 Mitsubishi Magna with four men inside pulled up in front of it.
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It’s alleged one of the men got out of the Magna and jumped in the X-Trail with a knife, demanding the 25-year-old tourist get out.
Police said a second man then grabbed the victim as he stepped out of the vehicle and stole his car keys, mobile phone and watch before the armed pair drove off in the X-Trail.
Later that day, a 29-year-old Southport man was arrested and charged with one count of armed robbery in company and two counts each of fraud and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
Police are still, however, searching for the second man.
They’ve released CCTV images of the man filling up the stolen X-trail at a service station on the Gold Coast Highway immediately after the carjacking.
Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to call Policelink on 131 444 and quote reference number: QP1801734639
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.