Hoax call about kidnap
THE town of Mount Larcom was under siege for a short time on Saturday, after police responded to a triple-zero call from a man who claimed he had kidnapped his two children and had a gun.
He told police he was driving from Mt Larcom to Gladstone in a stolen car and was armed with a shotgun.
It was soon established the call was a hoax but police took no chances.
The Observer witnessed eight police cars gathered at the corner of the Bruce Highway and Mt Larcom Road about 2pm on Saturday, with police officers wearing bullet-proof vests.
Police units responded from Mt Larcom, Calliope, Tannum Sands, Miriam Vale, Gladstone and the Traffic Branch.
An unidentified man in Mt Larcom heard the ordeal unfolding over his police scanner and drove to the hotel and newsagent, telling people to lock down as there was going to be a gunfight.
In another incident occurring around the same time, a Rockhampton resident was driving through Rockhampton when he saw his stolen boat being towed by another car.
The man called police and followed the boat until police arrived.
It is alleged the boat thief turned into Upper Ulam Road at Bajool to ditch the boat and was subsequently arrested after a dog squad followed his trail and found him hiding in bushes.
It is believed the two incidents are connected and that the man made the hoax calls to police to get them off the scent of his track.
A 24-year-old man is being held in custody and questioned over the incidents, with charges yet to be laid.
Details are still sketchy at this stage and police investigations are continuing.