An emergent declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act was made this afternoon covering a large geographical area due to the extensive and isolated bushland location – including the suburbs of Numinbah Valley, Springbrook and forestry down to the NSW border. Roads included in the boundary areas of the declaration are Beechmont Road (west), Binna Burra Road (south), Austinville Road (east).
Police are currently focusing their attention in the Numinbah Forest Reserve area of the declaration – in the bushland off Nerang–Murwillumbah Road where the stolen vehicle was located crashed earlier this afternoon.
Specialist police, Polair, the dog squad and uniformed officers are involved in the search for Ben Goreng. He is believed to be armed with a firearm and members of the public are advised not to approach him and to immediately call Triple Zero (000) if they see him.
A Police Forward Command Post has been established near the intersection of Nerang-Murwillumbah Road and Pine Creek Road.
5pm: A police operation is currently underway in the Numinbah Valley area of the Gold Coast hinterland after police helicopters tracked the wanted vehicle this afternoon.
A heavy police presence is in the area of where the stolen black BMW was located abandoned with police cordons and road closures in place.
Officers are scouring bushland for the male driver and sole occupant of the BMW – believed to be Ben Goreng. He is believed to be armed with a firearm and members of the public are advised not to approach him and to immediately call Triple Zero if they see him. (000)
EARLIER: Police are investigating a string of armed robberies across the northern Gold Coast overnight.
Preliminary reports indicate that at 1am Sunday two men, one of whom was believed to be armed with a rifle, approached a 42-year-old man at the front door of his Lysterfield Rise Home, Upper Coomera.
The masked men threatened the victim, demanding the keys to his vehicle before firing into his front door.
The victim and two other men then entered the home where a 40-year-old female handed over the keys to the men.
The men, who were not known to the victims, then drove away in the couple’s gold Kia Sportage.
At 2am, the stolen Kia crashed into a light pole at Chisholm Road, Carrara.
The men proceeded to flee the scene to Farro Court, Carrara where they forced their way into a second home by smashing a window.
The men then threatened a 69-year-old woman, pushing her over and demanding the keys to her Black BMW X5 with Queensland registration 50BOS.
The woman suffered minor injury to her knees, and police are appealing for information in relation to the current whereabouts of the stolen vehicle.
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to.
Anyone who sees Ben Andrew Goreng or spots the BMW should not approach him or the vehicle but should ring 000 immediately.
EARLIER: A CARRARA street has been left in fear after residents claimed they were woken by gun shots following a dramatic car crash.
Police are at Chisholm Rd this morning investigating the incident.
Neighbours say they ran outside after hearing a loud bang but were greeted with shots being fired into the air and were told to go back inside.
The occupants of the car, believed to be two men, then allegedly fled the scene. Police were called to Chisholm Rd shortly after 2.30am after reports of the crash where a Kia Sportage veered off the road colliding with a light pole and letterbox.