Big knife used in armed rob­bery

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Nathan Paull nathan. paull@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.

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