Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Mick Doogue with a sawn-off shotgun seized by police. (ABC Sunshine Coast: Owen Jacques)
Police have seized a sawn-off shotgun and a bat spiked with metal bolts while arresting a 26-year-old Brisbane man facing more than 60 charges, including weapons, explosives, and property offences.
- Police have seized a sawn-off shotgun and a bat spiked with metal bolts during an arrest
- The offender is facing more than 60 charges including weapons and explosives
- Queensland Police said the offender has links to the notorious Northside Gang
Steven Dale Latter is accused of committing the offences South East Queensland since October last year, and police will allege he has burgled homes and stolen vehicles and expensive tools over the past five months.
The scale of alleged offences prompted police to form Operation Ladder, drawing in officers from the Sunshine Coast Property Crime Task Force, along with teams in Petrie, Redcliffe, and north Brisbane.
Police will allege Mr Latter was under surveillance as he left his property in Scarborough, and was tracked until police swooped on his car as he arrived in Bracken Ridge.
The man fled on foot but was soon in the hands of specialist police who arrested him in a backyard nearby.
Officers also arrested four others in the car before finding a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition in the vehicle.
A team of police then executed a warrant to search the Scarborough home, where officers found cannabis, drug utensils, and what they called “a large number of power tools”, along with other tools allegedly stolen from across Redcliffe.
Police also recovered a wooden baseball bat with steel spikes drilled into the top and the words “north side” carved into the side.
The bat also had “FTP” engraved near the handle, understood to mean ”F— the police”.
Among the weapons recovered was a wooden baseball bat with steel spikes drilled into the top and the words “northside” carved into it. (ABC Sunshine Coast: Owen Jacques)
Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Mick Doogue said there was a gang connection, which was a concern.
“The Northside Gang is an issue for all police regions,” he said.
“At this time, this person has been identified as being linked to the Northside Gang.”
Detective Senior Sergeant Doogue said 27 of the 63 alleged offences occurred on the Sunshine Coast, suggesting the region was being targeted by those outside the area.
“This is part of our ongoing commitment with our fellow officers down in Brisbane, to target these offenders travelling from different areas into the Sunshine Coast to commit property crime offences,” he said.
The apprehended man faced Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Wednesday but did not make an application for bail.
He is due to face court again in April.