Big knife used in armed robbery
POLICE suspect a teenager who held up a Rosslea service station with a knife yesterday morning before fleeing with cash had ‘‘ cased’’ the building beforehand.
Townsville District Property Crime Unit officer-incharge Detective SeniorSergeant Jason Shepherd said about 2.40am a man walked into the Mobil service station on Bowen Rd and put a black bag on the counter, demanding it be filled with cash while holding up a ‘‘ large knife’’.
‘‘ The operator has then taken notes out of the till, put them in the backpack and the offender’s then run off in the direction of Love Lane,’’ he said.
Sen-Sgt Shepherd said the attendant did the right thing by complying with the criminal’s demands in the stressful situation, ensuring the robber did not use actual violence.
‘‘ Any person who’s on the receiving end of an armed robbery can be traumatised for some time afterwards,’’ he said.
The property crime boss said police were now on the hunt for the offender, who was described as Caucasian, 1 5 - 1 9 years old, about 160-170cm tall and of slim build.
He was wearing a red T-shirt, white boardshorts, no shoes, was carrying a black backpack and was disguising his face with a towel.
‘‘ Any armed robbery is a concern,’’ Sen-Sgt Shepherd said.
‘‘ We don’t tend to have too many armed robberies in Townsville, so whenever one does occur, we put a lot of resources into it.’’
Sen-Sgt Shepherd said investigating officers suspected the young criminal had put some effort into the crime.
‘‘ I believe there probably would have been some minor level of planning,’’ he said.
‘‘Unfortunately any of these places that are open 24 hours are easier targets.
‘‘ They generally only have one operator on at that time.
‘‘ I would say the offender would have known . . . how it operates at that time of night.’’
The service station robbery follows another armed robbery at the Liquorland bottle shop on Bundock St in Belgian Gardens on January 14.
Sen-Sgt Shepherd yesterday confirmed police were close to solving the case and the two incidents were not related.
Anyone with information about either incident should call Townsville police on 4759 9777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.