QUICK THINKING: Local store owner scares off armed robber

UPDATE 4.30pm:

AN ALLEGED would-be robber was scared off empty handed thanks to the quick thinking of a local store owner.

The man, who is described as unshaven wearing jeans and a brown T-shirt, remains at large.

Owner of the Cypress Street Store for 17 years, Chris O'Brien, said a man in his 30s demanded cash while waving a metal picket after entering the shop about 3.30pm today.

The man reportedly told Mr O'Brien he was "desperate for cash".

The Chronicle also understands a witness saw the man leave in a white older-model Toyota Hilux utility.

The police dog squad were deployed but have since been moved on as the man escaped in a vehicle.

Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or Policelink 131 444.

EARLIER:

POLICE are currently on the hunt for a man who allegedly robbed a Hervey Bay store using a large metal pole.

The Chronicle understands the Cypress St store described the accused robber as an unshaven man wearing jeans and a brown T-shirt.

The Chronicle also understands a witness saw the man leave in an old Toyota Ute and is believed to have a child in the car with him.

He was last seen heading towards Urangan.

Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or Policelink 131 444.


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