Heavily-armed cops swarm home to nab wanted man

BREAKING: Heavily armed police have arrested a fugitive on a return to prison warrant just days days after he was released from jail.

Officers from the Lockyer Valley Crime Car, together with Laidley and Lowood police, surrounded a Lowood property after receiving a tip-off a wanted man was inside the property.

The informant had told police the man was armed with a double-barrel 410 shotgun and was holed up inside the property.

At least nine police in tactical gear cordoned off the property and pounced, arresting the 32-year-old man without incident.

LVCC Sergeant Bradley Browning, who helped co-ordinate the police response, said the fugitive had been released from jail on July 29.

He said a warrant had been issued for the man's arrest on Monday after he failed to report with parole officers since his release from prison.

Sgt Browning said the man was known to police and had a history of running from the law, prompting the heavily-armed response at the Lowood property.

The man was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamines, cannabis, a .177 air rifle and pellets, shotgun cartridges and drug paraphernalia.

He was due to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court this morning on several charges including unlawful possession of a motor vehicle after investigations allegedly linked the man to a stolen vehicle recovered on the Sunshine Coast.

Beerwah police located a BMW car which was reported stolen from Townsville in July, 2015.

Following investigations, Beerwah police will allege the man arrested at Lowood was seen in possession of the vehicle while on the Sunshine Coast in the past few days.


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