WATCH: Police hunting brazen Gold Coast jewellery thieves

Police have released CCTV footage of an opportunistic jewellery theft on the Gold Coast as they work to identify those involved.

A bracelet worth $7500 was allegedly stolen from a jewellery store at a shopping centre in Coomera back on February 21.

A man and woman entered the store around midday that day and started looking at items.

Footage shows a shop assistant opening a locked drawer to show the couple a ring.

As the woman is trying on the ring, the man is seen creeping behind the employee, grabbing the bracelet while she’s distracted by the woman.

The pair leave the store a short time later.

IMAGE: Queensland Police

The man is Caucasian, approximately 175cm tall with short dark hair and possibly aged in his fifties or sixties.

The woman is Caucasian with dark brown hair and dark eyes and was seen wearing dark jeans and a white shirt.

IMAGE: Queensland Police

Police say both the man and woman may have had New Zealand accents.

Anyone who recognises the pair or has any information about the theft is urged to contact Police.



‘It’s unbelievable!’: Helensvale mum celebrating big lotto win

The decision to buy a lotto ticket for the first time has paid off handsomely for a Helensvale mum who has become the Gold Coast’s latest millionaire.

The lucky woman was one of five winning entries in Saturday’s Gold Lotto draw and takes home a cool $1,303,213.75.

The woman revealed she only bought the ticket by chance after some advice from a checkout operator when her groceries added up to exactly $20.

“The woman at the checkout told me that never happens and to buy myself a lottery ticket, so I did!

“And that was the winning one. It is unbelievable.

“It couldn’t have happened at a better time!”

The woman told Lott officials that she only checked her ticket after hearing that someone who purchased an entry in Nerang had won.

She says she plans to buy a house with her winnings.

“This will change my life dramatically, in the best way imaginable.

“It means the financial security that I have always dreamt of.”

The woman is the 13th first division lotto prize winner on the Gold Coast this year taking winnings on the Glitter Strip to $49 million.

The winning entry was purchased at the newsXpress newsagency in Nerang.

Owner Lisa Li said they are thrilled for the lucky winner.

“I almost fell over when I heard we had sold another division one winning entry!” she exclaimed.

“I was so happy for our winner and also our staff to be part of the excitement.

Emergency declaration lifted in Ashmore following police incident

UPDATE | An emergency declaration in Ashmore has now been lifted, with the police incident in the area now resolved.

Queensland Police were first called to the area around 12.45am and the PSPA was put in place around 3 hours later for areas around United Road, Corporation Drive, Community Drive and Dominions Road.

A man is believed to have surrendered himself to police just after 10.00am following several hours of negotiations.

No charges have been laid at this stage.

EARLIER @ 3.45am | POLICE have made a PSPA declaration due to an ongoing incident in Ashmore.

The declaration zone encompasses all of United Road, Corporation Drive, Community Drive and Dominions Road.

Queensland Police have urged anyone within this area to remain indoors and await instruction.

All others are being urged to avoid the area.


Man suffers serious head and face injuries in alleged assault, Gold Coast

A man is recovering is in a serious but stable condition in hospital this morning, following an alleged assault on the Gold Coast overnight.

Emergency services were called to a home in Nerang just before 10.00 pm, after reports of an incident.

Paramedics, including critical care and the high acuity response unit, assessed a man in his 40s at the scene before taking him to hospital for further treatment.

He’s suffered head and facial injuries from what paramedics have reported as an alleged assault.

He’s in a serious but stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital this morning.

A second person was taken to Robina hospital in a stable condition.

It’s not clear exactly what happened, but police have been contacted for more information.

Gold Coast hits vaccine mark with more than 60% having first jab

The Gold Coast has passed two key vaccine milestones with more than 60 per cent of the eligible population now having their first dose and more than 40 per cent having both.

But at this rate, there are serious concerns it could be another couple of months before the city hits the crucial target of 80 per cent double dose.

Figures released by federal health officials on Monday show more than 38,000 jabs were administered on the Gold Coast in the last week.

More than 539,000 jabs have now been administered on the Gold Coast.

The rate of first doses is now at 62 per cent, up from 57.3 per cent the week before.

The rate of second doses is now at 41.7 per cent, up from 39 per cent.

Broadbeach-Burleigh has the highest rate of first and second doses at 68.4 per cent and 47.1 per cent respectively.

Nerang has the lowest rate of first doses at 57.1 per cent.

Ormeau-Oxenford has the lowest rate of second doses at 37.2 per cent, but it also has by far the largest eligible population.

Gold Coast Weekly Vaccination Figures for 27th Septmber, 2021

Area Population No. of 1st Doses No. of 2nd Doses % of 1st Doses % of 2nd doses
Broadbeach – Burleigh 56,171 38,448 26,470 68.40% 47.10%
Coolangatta 47,867 32,428 21,540 67.70% 45.00%
Gold Coast – North 60,974 39,286 27,529 64.40% 45.10%
Gold Coast Hinterland 16,449 9,929 6,637 60.40% 40.30%
Mudgeeraba – Tallebudgera 27,894 17,381 11,674 62.30% 41.90%
Nerang 57,368 32,781 21,802 57.10% 38.00%
Ormeau – Oxenford 113,882 65,990 42,368 57.90% 37.20%
Robina 44,921 27,395 18,615 61.00% 41.40%
Southport 54,339 33,539 22,693 61.70% 41.80%
Surfers Paradise 40,540 25,557 17,864 63.00% 44.10%

Source: Department of Health