May 20, 2019
Wondai residents who believed they heard shots being fired on Sunday after a vehicle was stolen have been assured by police there were no firearms involved in the incident.
A police spokesperson said the noises heard were from the vehicle exploding when it was burnt.
About 10:00pm, thieves stole the vehicle from an address in Scott Street, Wondai.
Police then received multiple calls about reports of shots fired around Cadell Street.
They attended and located the stolen vehicle burnt out in the nearby forestry.
The vehicle theft and destruction followed an earlier incident in Cadell Street, between 8:30pm and 8:55pm, when thieves stole personal items from an unlocked vehicle.
Investigations into both incidents are continuing.
Police would like to remind the community to secure vehicles, houses and not leave any valuables in sight.
If possible, lock screen doors with keys to prevent the lock being easily unlocked.
“Offenders are often opportunists and only commit these types of offences because it is easy,” the police spokesperson said.
The reports of gunshots in Wondai followed widespread gossip on social media about a police incident in Nanango on Sunday.
Police have confirmed no gunshots were fired in that incident, either.
UPDATE May 21: A police spokesman repeated on Tuesday no bullets were fired during the Nanango incident.
However, he said a “non-lethal round”, most likely a bean bag round, was fired. This is usually fired from either a shotgun or a special launcher that can look like a military-style weapon.