A man and a woman have been charged following an incident at a service station complex which turned into a police command post to find a missing five-year-old girl at Carrara yesterday.
The arrest of the man occurred in the background of a live television news report regarding the missing girl being found.
It will be alleged around 4.45pm, officers were alerted to a man who was creating a disturbance inside the Nielsens Road store after being recognised by an attendant as being involved in previous stealing matters.
Two police inspectors still at the scene following the Amber Alert quickly attended to assist as the man created a disturbance.
Several news crews were also still reporting from the scene when the man was arrested and detained by police.
The 20-year-old Southport man was charged with two counts of stealing and one count each of public nuisance and obstruct police.
A woman, known to the man, was also arrested in a parked vehicle at a petrol bowser, metres from police, after a quantity of cannabis, a knife and other items were allegedly uncovered.
The 19-year-old woman was charged with one count each of possessing dangerous drugs, possession of a knife in a public place and possessing items used in the commission of a crime.
The pair is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on August 12.
To her credit, Ten Eyewitness News reporter Jayde Cotic maintained her composure despite the arrest occurring just behind her on live television.