Australia

Man allegedly detained 15-year-old boys and posed as a police officer

A man has been charged after allegedly detaining two 15-year-old boys while falsely identifying himself as a police officer.

Police were made aware of a video where the 36-year-old allegedly detained the boys on October 10 in Gympie while telling them he was a police dog squad member.

Tactical clothing, weapons, holsters, military-style clothing, different police service patches and animals were found.

Tactical clothing, weapons, holsters, military-style clothing, different police service patches and animals were found.Credit:Queensland Police Service

Police raided the man's residence, where items such as tactical clothing, weapons, holsters, military-style clothing and various police service patches were found.

Several endangered animals were also found at the property.

Police also believe the man has been detaining people and identifying himself as a police officer since 2017 in Brisbane and Gympie.

The 36-year-old Jones Hill man has been charged with two counts of assume designation or description of a police officer, and a count of falsely representing to be a returned soldier.

He has also been charged with 15 counts of deprivation of liberty, four counts of common assault, two counts of possessing restricted items, and one count each of threatening violence and unlawfully possessing a weapon.

He has been denied police bail and will appear in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday.

Investigations into the endangered animals are continuing with Queensland Parks and Wildlife and the Department of Fisheries.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have had similar interactions to come forward.

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