IT was today revealed that a new police task force set up to target unsolved crime on the Gold Coast has already nabbed 180 offenders on over 380 charges in its first two weeks of operation.
It includes the arrest of a 16-year-old boy wanted over a violent armed robbery in Coomera where a woman was bailed up on her driveway and had a knife held to her throat while she was robbed.
Task Force Scisco, which commenced early July, comprises of around 70 police officers and is aimed at investigating and resolving unsolved crime in the Gold Coast and Logan districts.
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The squad is focusing on unsolved matters such as property crime and assaults which have occurred within the last financial year.
As part of the operation, police raided a Southport property this morning where they arrested a 16-year-old boy wanted over a series of violent robberies between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
He’s been charged with eight burglaries, three counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, evade police, and armed robbery, and will appear in Southport Children’s Court tomorrow.
Logan District Officer Chief Superintendent Marty Mickelson said the task force would not occur in isolation.
“Resources have also been dedicated to proactive policing patrol strategies that target problem people, places and issues that contribute significantly to crime in the community,” Chief Superintendent Mickelson said.
Taskforce Scisco will continue to operate until October, when the operation will be reassessed.
[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]BREAKDOWN OF CHARGES:
• 26 assault/robbery/other offences against person related charges
• 36 drug related charges
• 41 charges related to the theft of motor vehicles/steal from motor vehicles
• 46 charges relating to break and enters
• 240 charges relating to other offences[/signoff]