Queensland detectives have released images of four people linked to numerous scams and stealing offences across the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
Police have been looking for nine people, accused of using children to steal from shops, scamming elderly residents, and scamming restaurants by planting glass in the food.
Five of the group have now fled the country.
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Queensland Police on Saturday revealed that 12 official complaints have now been made against the group.
Whilst the four people (pictured) may still be in Queensland, police say it’s possible they’ve travelled interstate to avoid the consequences.
Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming says there was nothing they could do to stop the five leaving Australia.
“Whilst border force was quite aware of this, we weren’t in a position at the time to actually say they cannot leave the country because we weren’t in a position to actually arrest them.
“There’s no doubt we had the suspicion and there’s absolutely no doubt we had the concern, but actually getting to the point where we can prosecute, well we believe we’re in that position now.”
Detective Superintendent Fleming says they’re still investigating allegations against those believed to still be in the country.
“Detectives are still working on the investigations in respect of those particular individuals where there are some allegations about those people in terms of fraud and some damage to property,” he said.
Police are urging anyone with information to come forward.
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.