Man charged for violent Kern Arcade armed robbery
UPDATE THURSDAY 11AM: A 21 YEAR-old Gracemere man has been charged over an alleged "violent armed robbery" against a 76 year-old man in the Kern Arcade carpark on Monday morning.
Around 2am, the victim was in a parked sedan when he was allegedly approached by a man who opened his door and attempted to drag him out of the vehicle.
His arm was then slammed in a door and the offender allegedly threatened him with a knife.
The victim complied and handed over the keys.
The stolen vehicle was driven from the scene and found burnt out in Gladstone at 6am.
For the alleged armed robbery, the man has been charged with armed robbery and one count of unlawful use of motor vehicle.
He was also charged with another unlawful use of motor vehicle, two burglaries, two possess dangerous drug and one posses drug utensil. These were for outstanding unrelated offences.
Rockhampton CIB Officer in Charge Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said police spent hours trawling through CCTV footage along with tip offs from the public.
The offender has been in custody since Tuesday and officers were "working around the clock to get enough evidence to charge" him.
"We want to thank everyone out there who has provided us with information, the media have been great and once again we have seen another swift result with an arrest quickly," Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.
Det Snr Sgt Peachey said there had been a number of armed robberies recently and all of those matters had been solved.
"For those people out there committing those type of offences, rest assured we will find you and you will be brought before the courts," he said.
He said it came down to good fashioned police work, going out on the streets and talking to people.
"We live in the public as well, we are as annoyed as everyone else about the offences committed and the way in which they are being committed," he said.
"With offences like this, especially against a 76 year old male who is just going about his job, we are as outraged as the rest of the public."
Det Snr Sgt Peachey said he had spoken with the victim this who was "over the moon" to hear someone had been charged.
"He is still living in a bit of fear, in regards to looking over his shoulder but being the trooper he is, he will be back in out there in the morning delivering papers tomorrow," he said.
MONDAY 10.30AM: THE VEHICLE stolen from the scene of an armed robbery in the Kern Arcade carpark this morning has been found burnt out and abandoned in Gladstone.
Rockhampton CIB Officer in Charge Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said a 76 year old man was seated in his parked silver 2009 Toyota Aurion when he was approached by an unknown person.
The offender attempted to remove him from the vehicle and physically slammed his arm in the car.
He then produced a knife and made threatening words to hand over the vehicle.
The man complied and handed over his keys and the offender drove off.
The vehicle was then located on Byellee Rd in Clinton.
QFES crews were called to reports of a car fire at 6.10am.
The vehicle was "well involved" upon their arrival.
Det Snr Sgt Peachey said the worker was "fairly shaken up" and was a trooper as he got another car and still completed his paper delivery.
The offender has been described as aged mid to late 20s, 170cm tall, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, full black beard and wearing a black hooded jumper and long black pants.
Police are appealing to any members of the public who may have witnessed this offence or have information in relation to the identify of the male person to contact police.
INITIAL, 8AM: A NEWSAGENCY owner was threatened with a knife in the early hours of this morning as a thief demanded his vehicle.
The armed robbery was reported to police around 2am, at the Kern Arcade News.
It is believed the incident took place in the Kern Arcade carpark.
A police media spokeswoman said the offender tried to drag the owner out of the vehicle and threatened him with a knife.
The offender then took off with the vehicle.
The stolen vehicle is a 2009 Toyota Aurion.
Investigations are ongoing.
The newsagency has advised they do not wish to comment.
More to come.