Manhunt for motorbike bandit

GYMPIE Police have joined a state-wide search for a motorbike thief who crashed at Caboolture and forced passers-by out of their vehicle at gunpoint.

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Dion Southey said police were looking for the man and urged locals to remain vigilant and report any sightings.

About 6.45am yesterday morning, the man, who was riding a stolen motorbike, collided with a parked utility on Toohey Road.

Initial reports indicate the man refused the assistance of witnesses before producing a firearm and forcing the occupants of a passing black Daihatsu Charade out of their vehicle and stealing it.

No one was injured during he incident and the man was last seen driving east along Toohey Road.

He is described as aged in his 40s, tall, of a slim build and wearing black motorcycle leathers and a helmet.

The stolen vehicle is a 2004 Daihatsu Charade, black in colour with silver flame stickers on the side, bearing Queensland registration 622IJA.

Yesterday seven police cars searched the Caboolture region for the stolen vehicle.

And police checked speed and toll cameras in a bid to track the car.

Police told The Courier Mail it was likely the driver would set fire to the car; they say the driver is a danger to the community.

Detective Sergeant Mick Gibbon said police did not want to cause public panic but people should be aware the man was dangerous.

The stolen motorbike the thief crashed was taken from a Kallangur property two days ago.

Investigations are continuing.

If the vehicle or the man are sighted police urge the public not to approach him but to immediately call Triple Zero, CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or their nearest police station.

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