NEW BUSINESS: Yvette Lathan, of F4Bs Training Studio, suspects an armed man who came to the back door of the premises was looking for someone else.
NEW BUSINESS: Yvette Lathan, of F4Bs Training Studio, suspects an armed man who came to the back door of the premises was looking for someone else. Patrick Woods

Gunman startles owners

THE owners of a Maroochydore gym believe an armed man who approached them on Thursday night was looking for another business.

F4Bs training studio owners Justin and Yvette Latham were at the rear of their Trinder Ave gym about 6.30pm when the man came to their back door.

Ms Latham said the man had a gun tucked into the top of his trousers and appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

"He was asking, 'Is this 24-hour access? Has it got security cameras? Where are the bikes?'" she said.

Ms Latham suspects the man was looking for another business that used to occupy part of their premises.

F4Bs opened in Trinder Ave four weeks ago and expanded in the past fortnight into adjoining premises previously occupied by Big Bear Choppers.

Ms Latham said they had fielded inquiries from other people looking for the motorcycle business.

She said the man who fronted their back door with a gun appeared confused and frustrated, particularly when her husband told him "there's no bikes here - we've got spin bikes".

The man walked off towards Sugar Rd when her husband told him he had to go, she said.

"As soon as he left we phoned the police. What if someone was walking home and he's bumped into them, with a gun, in his state?" she said.

Ms Latham reassured customers they would be safe at the gym, which has security access and cameras connected to a security firm.

New cameras that would have captured images of the man had not been due for connection until yesterday morning.

"We don't want to scare our customers away. We're a new business and this is our livelihoods as well," Ms Latham said.

The owners of a Maroochydore gym say a man walked in to their business making demands with the handle of a suspected gun showing.
The owners of a Maroochydore gym say a man walked in to their business making demands with the handle of a suspected gun showing.

A search of the area by police officers, the dog squad and the PolAir helicopter failed to locate the man.

Police Inspector Jason Overland said although the man did not present a firearm or make any threats, all available police resources were focused on the search.

"We were presented with early information that there was a male person and there appeared to be a firearm so I think our response has to be gauged against the information we had at the time," he said, adding that police inquiries were continuing.

"We'll catch up with him eventually. We always do."

The man was described as about 50, of solid build, wearing a green-yellow shirt, green pants, and sunglasses.

To assist police, phone PoliceLink on 131 444 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.



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