Police have charged four men after an alleged theft and assaults at night markets in Mooloolaba. Picture: File
Police have charged four men after an alleged theft and assaults at night markets in Mooloolaba. Picture: File

Markets mayhem as man bashed, four charged

Police have charged four men after a fight erupted at night markets in Mooloolaba at the weekend.

It will be alleged a 31-year-old man stole a cash tin from a street stall and was seen running with someone chasing him about 7.45pm Saturday.

Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Daren Edwards said the man was caught by a witness and the cash tin retrieved.

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Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards alleged the man then assaulted “a number of people”, including an off-duty detective who had been trying to calm the situation down.

He said two other men became involved and allegedly assaulted the victim of the theft, who suffered facial injuries and concussion.

He said a fourth person was also arrested for causing a public nuisance.

The 31-year-old Brisbane man is due to front Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Monday charged with assault occasioning bodily harm in company, stealing and drug possession.

A 20-year-old Regents Park man and a 28-year-old Boronia Heights man were also charged with assault occasioning bodily harm in company as well as public nuisance offences.

A 20-year-old Mudjimba man was also charged with a public nuisance offence.

The three men are due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on October 19.