Armed hold-up rattles store
THERE'S a first time for everything, but Rockhampton's Foodworks Tancred owner Colin Davis and his staff never wanted to experience a hold-up.
On Sunday about 7pm a man walked into the Gladstone Rd store brandishing a kitchen carving knife.
He was described as in his early 20s, 170cm with brown eyes and wearing a black hooded jacket with grey stripes and a purple bandana covering his face.
Colin said he wasn't there at the time of the incident - only two staff members as well as three customers were in the store.
"He came in while both staff members were behind the register serving a customer," Colin said yesterday.
"He demanded the money and they handed it over, and he took off into the darkness."
On receiving a sum of cash, the man then fled the area and was last seen running in the direction of Depot Hill.
No one was injured during the incident.
Colin said the store had been broken into numerous times, however, never in his seven years of ownership had it been held-up.
"I'm just disgusted," Colin said.
"We're still trying to catch up from the floods and for this to happen is really annoying."
Colin said it would be difficult to prevent it from happening again.
"This sort of thing has been very prevalent at the moment," he said.
Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten said he'd be lying if he knew the solution to the increasing rate of armed robberies in the region.
"Our laws are very tough on these offences and police will catch them but I don't think anybody knows what the answer is," he said.
"It's obviously a drug-related issue because when they get desperate they do these drastic things.
"I'd be happy to hear from anyone who's got a sensible solution."
Police are still searching for the man.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Within the past fortnight:
- September 13: at Gracemere's Suzie's Movie Scene. Two women and a man were all armed with knives when they robbed the Middle Rd shop about 7.30pm.
- September 19: Armed robbery of Fry's Convenience Store about 9am Monday, and the robbery of two other Rockhampton stores in Berserker and Park Ave later that day.
- September 21: Two teenagers were forced to withdraw cash from a Park Ave ATM after being violently threatened by a man and his female accomplice on bikes.
- September 25: Foodworks Tancred armed robbery on Sunday night about 7pm.