Police are looking for a man who threatened a family and a staff member at a hotel with a gun.
Police are looking for a man who threatened a family and a staff member at a hotel with a gun.

Have you seen this ute? Police hunt gun wielding driver

DETECTIVES investigating two firearm related incidents in the Maroochydore area yesterday have released a CCTV image of a utility they believe is the get-away vehicle. 

At around 1:20pm on Monday the male driver of the white utility allegedly produced a firearm and pointed it at a man and his family who were in another vehicle on Buderim Mooloolaba Road in Mooloolaba.

At 3:30pm the same man is believed to have attended a hotel on Denna Street in Maroochydore and demanded money from a male employee.

The employee declined the demand, at which point the man allegedly began to damage property. When the employee confronted the man he returned to a white utility where he then produced a firearm. An altercation took place, after which the man fled the scene in the white utility. The employee suffered minor injuries during the incident.

The utility, a white 2004 Ford Courier with Queensland registration 793MVG (pictured) was sighted in the Glenview area this morning with two male occupants.

They was seen again on Steve Irwin Way at Lunchtime, but escaped police.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

UPDATE: 6.30AM: Gun wielding driver still on the loose on Coast

POLICE say there's been no sign of a man who threatened the public with a gun and injured a hotel worker in two separate incidents on the Sunshine Coast yesterday. 

Police were called at 1.20pm after a man stopped a family on Buderim-Mooloolaba Rd in his white ute. 

Officers say the man jumped out of the car and pointed a firearm before returning to his vehicle and performing a u-turn near Syd Lingard Dr.

About 3.30pm police believe the same man threatened staff at the Maroochy River Motel, demanding cash, before injuring a staff member.

The male driver of the white utility is described as Caucasian in appearance, 20-30 years old, with a tanned complexion, curly brown shoulder length hair and was last seen wearing dark trousers and a checked shirt.

The ute was also spotted with a blue surfboard on the back. 

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.  

EARLIER:

POLICE are hunting for a man who allegedly produced a handgun during a road rage attack at Buderim on Monday afternoon. 

Police were called at 1.20pm after a man stopped a family on Buderim-Mooloolaba Rd in his white ute. 

Officers say the man jumped out of the car and pointed a firearm before returning to his vehicle and performing a u-turn near Syd Lingard Dr.

The family, who were believed to be German tourists, fled immediately and stopped at a stranger's home at Pheasant St at Buderim for help. 

About 3.30pm the same man is believe to have demanded money from staff at the Maroochydore River Motel.   The employee declined the demand, at which point the man allegedly began to damage property.  

When the employee confronted the man he returned to a white utility where he then produced a firearm. An altercation took place, after which the man fled the scene in the white utility.

The employee suffered minor injuries during the incident.  

The male driver of the white utility is described as Caucasian in appearance, 20-30 years old, with a tanned complexion, curly brown shoulder length hair and was last seen wearing dark trousers and a checked shirt.

The ute was also spotted with a blue surfboard on the back. 

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.  

The route of the alleged armed driver, from Pheasant St, Buderim to Bradman Ave, Maroochydore.
The route of the alleged armed driver, from Pheasant St, Buderim to Bradman Ave, Maroochydore.

 


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