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Gunman charged over Qld crime spree

AAP logoAAP 28/08/2016 Tracey Ferrier

A gunman who allegedly took a man hostage after a four-day crime spree in Queensland's southeast will appear in court following his dramatic arrest with police smashing a car window and dragging the man from the vehicle.

Police say the man broke into several homes in the Gold Coast area over the weekend and stole cars from those properties.

He's also accused of opening fire on cars in the southeast region last week.

A 56-year-old man was taken hostage on Sunday afternoon when he returned to his Numinbah Valley home and disturbed the gunman.

The offender forced the resident to drive him away from the property.

But police involved in a massive manhunt spotted the gunman in the passenger seat at a nearby check point.

"It all happened pretty quickly. We recognised the offender in the passenger seat, saw the firearm," Inspector Jim Plowman has told ABC radio.

"The officers took the correct action. They smashed the window and immediately restrained him and dragged him from the vehicle."

Police are still searching for an accomplice involved in some of the crimes.

A 24-year-old man will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on Monday on a string of charges including attempted murder and discharging a weapon in a public place.

The crime spree sparked a massive dragnet involving the police helicopter and dozens of officers.

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