Months of investigations into a number of violent street robberies across Brisbane, have led to the arrests of nine people on at least 49 charges.
The first alleged incident occurred in October 2016, with the most recent happening just days ago.
It was this month’s incidents that allowed police to connect all of the crimes.
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In a statement, released today, Detective Acting Inspector Richard Lacey said a dedicated team of investigators had been working to locate high-risk offenders wanted for assaults, stealing and other serious crimes across south east Queensland.
“This involves tracking down and charging offenders who are travelling the length and breadth of the South-East committing burglaries, violent assaults and fraud offences,” Detective Acting Inspector Lacey said.
As a result, two men aged 19 and 20, have been charged with a number of offences including assault occasioning bodily harm, possess dangerous drugs and fraud.
They’re accused of mugging a man in Rocklea on March 30, before carrying out three separate robberies on April 11, 12 and 13.
“During investigations into these incidents detectives found them to also be linked to a number of assault, stealing, fraud and drug offences from across South Brisbane between October 2016 and April this year,” Police said in a statement.
Detective Acting Inspector Lacey is also urging members of the public to exercise caution when selling products via social media or sales websites.
“We are encouraging anyone that is selling products online to use caution when dealing with potential buyers,” he said.
“Asking for identification before handing over any products or meeting in a secure public place can decrease the chances of someone potentially becoming a victim of these crimes.”
A 19-year-old Inala man and 20-year-old Acacia Ridge man will both appear in court on April 27.
Three boys, aged 16 and 17, will also be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.
Detectives expect to lay further charges as investigations continue.
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.