ABOVE: A police car outside Pialba Place shopping centre. BELOW: Police speak to a couple outside Stockland.
ABOVE: A police car outside Pialba Place shopping centre. BELOW: Police speak to a couple outside Stockland. Jessica Grewal

UPDATE: Why cops swarmed two Coast shopping centres

UPDATE

10am

POLICE are still piecing together the events which led to a dramatic manhunt between two of the region's major shopping centres on Sunday. 

Officers were first called to Pialba Place after reports of a man with a large kitchen knife in Big W.

They were then called to Stockland Shopping Centre where staff at Angus and Coote reported a watch having been stolen by a man matching the same description. 

Officers swarmed the Westpac entrance of the shopping centre before several cars were seen rushing out of the carpark and on to Main St where they stopped a blue car outside Aldi about 2.30pm.

The man and woman who had been travelling in the car spoke to police on the roadside, in the rain ,while their car was searched. 

The Chronicle understands they are assisting police with their inquiries.  

A Queensland Police Spokesman confirmed investigations were continuing. 

EARLIER 

Sunday, 3pm

POLICE have stopped two people and are searching their car after multiple calls sparked a major search.

The Chronicle understands a heavily tattooed man was first spotted holding a large kitchen knife at Big W, Pialba.

The same man is believed to have gone to Stockland Shopping Centre where he allegedly stole a watch from a jewellery store.

Multiple police crews attended the shopping where they stopped a blue car and are now speaking to the occupants.



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