Mobile phone ads used to lure victims in Brisbane attacks

Four people have been attacked in separate robberies in Brisbane, that Police believe could be linked.

The first happened at Kangaroo Point around 8.40pm on Saturday when three men went to Pearson Street in response to an advertisement on an online classifieds site for the sale of a mobile phone.

The trio was met by four men and after handing over money, were assaulted.


Police say the men were “armed with sticks” and also threatened the trio with a knife while demanding more money.

The victims complied, handing over more cash before running to a taxi and locking themselves inside.

The thugs then began hitting the taxi with the sticks, before taking off.

Two of the victims suffered cuts and abrasions to their face and arms.

A short time later, Police were alerted to another similar incident, this time at Coopers Plains.

At about 10pm, a man went to Clinton Street in response to an advertisement for the sale of a mobile phone.

He was met by two men and asked for identification and a receipt.

“The victim was then assaulted by the two men along with a third male offender,” police have confirmed.

“The three offenders punched the victim to the face and assaulted him with a stick… (before) demanding (he) hand over his personal property which the man complied with.”

The three offenders then took off and the victim received bruising and cuts to his face and body.

He was taken to a Brisbane hospital for treatment.

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