CCTV footage of the car leaving the crime scene.
CCTV footage of the car leaving the crime scene. Contributed

Fresh hunt for gunman: Leads sought on shooting

TWO years on from a hold-up at Gailes during which a Good Samaritan was shot in the upper leg, police are calling on the public to help find fresh leads.

About 4.30pm on September 19, 2012 a man armed with a .32 calibre pistol entered the Gailes Pharmacy on Old Logan Rd.

He threatened the attendant before taking a small amount of money and fleeing the store.

Gailes man Lance Mollenhauer, who had been in the chemist before the robbery, tried along with another bystander to hold the door of the chemist shut to trap the thief.

The armed man fired a warning shot and the two moved away from the door.

Mr Mollenhauer then chased the robber, tackled him to the ground and began to fight him, before the man placed his pistol on Mr Mollenhauer's hip and pulled the trigger.

Mr Mollenhauer received a serious leg injury.

The bullet entered through the hip, travelled up through the pelvis and into his buttock.

A witness from a nearby shop saw the robber approach the pharmacy and rushed to provide first aid to Mr Mollenhauer.

He was rushed to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where the bullet was removed and taken for forensic analysis.

The robber fled the scene in a small silver sedan, which police believe was a Toyota Corolla.

COLD CASE: Police have renewed investigations into a serious cold case – the armed robbery of a Gailes chemist and shooting of a witness.
COLD CASE: Police have renewed investigations into a serious cold case – the armed robbery of a Gailes chemist and shooting of a witness. Contributed

Detective Senior Sergeant Jason Hindmarsh, of the Organised Crime Unit, said the case had been taken over by the Cold Case Unit which had stepped up its investigations into the crime.

"This case has always been a priority for us to solve, but recently the Cold Case Unit within the Armed Robbery Unit have stepped up their investigations into this job," he said.

"We believe this robbery is certainly one we can solve and are appealing for the final piece of information from the public to help us achieve this."

Witnesses saw the alleged offender enter the vehicle, which was driven away by another person.

The offender is described as being about 150cm tall and a slim build.

He was disguised by a piece of material across his face and was wearing a hooded jacket.

Police are appealing for any fresh information, particularly in relation to the ownership of the 2002 silver Toyota Corolla sedan that was used during this robbery.

Police believe the vehicle was not stolen.

If you know anything that could assist with this matter, you can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day. Information can be given anonymously.


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