'He told me he would shoot me' - home invasion victim

WHEN Gary Carlson closes his eyes to go to sleep at night, he struggles to shake the images of a thief punching him in the head in his own home.

A thief knocked the Twin Waters 68-year-old to the ground, threatened to shoot him and made off with his wife's handbag.

Mr Carlson is doing well, but is still haunted by the images of the man standing in his hallway early Wednesday morning.

"The punch came with such force that it nearly knocked me out and knocked me off my feet to the ground," Mr Carlson said.

"When I had come inside after my jog I had deadlocked the door behind me, so he couldn't get out.

"He told me he would shoot me if I didn't tell him how to get out.

"I'm okay, but I just can't get the images out of my head of the guy flashing past me in the house.

"It just keeps going through your mind.

"At least my wife wasn't hurt. I could have come home to find her in a pool of blood."

The home invasion was one of nine burglaries Shane Ruben Davis allegedly committed in his 48-hour rampage on the Sunshine Coast.

Police are in the process of returning property to homeowners at Yaroomba, Coolum, Minyama and Buddina after the 32-year-old was caught by police in a dramatic arrest at Gatton on Wednesday.

But perhaps the most precious piece of property is now safely back in Mr Carlson and wife Lois' hands.

In a cruel twist of fate, Mrs Carlson's passport was stolen in the burglary, on the same morning as the couple was due to fly out to Italy for a holiday.

Mr Carlson thanked the consular department, his travel agent and the Queensland Police Service for their support and help during the hectic time.

The couple hope to fly out today, with plenty of time spare to enjoy Venice.

"The police have just been fantastic. A Sunshine Coast police officer was going to meet a Gatton police officer halfway to get the pass-port for us," Mr Carlson said.

"We had to cancel our flights on Thursday, but our travel insurance should cover the cost.

"We have a lot of great neighbours keeping an eye on the place for us while we're gone."



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