Armed boy, 12, robs shop

Thief de­mands gift cards ac­ti­va­tion

The Chronicle - - Front Page - TARA MIKO [email protected]­i­

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy armed with a knife de­manded a ser­vice sta­tion worker ac­ti­vate stolen gift cards in a brazen rob­bery at­tempt yes­ter­day.

The boy al­legedly de­manded a 7-Eleven worker in Har­ris­town ac­ti­vate a hand­ful of iTunes cards he’d taken from the shelves about 8am.

The boy fled the scene and was found by po­lice at a res­i­dence a short dis­tance away soon af­ter the in­ci­dent.

A PRE-TEEN boy armed with a kitchen knife tried to force a ser­vice sta­tion worker into ac­ti­vat­ing gift cards in a brazen rob­bery early yes­ter­day.

The 12-year-old boy is al­leged to have walked into the 7-Eleven store on the cor­ner of South St and Dray­ton Rd about 8am, and col­lected a hand­ful of iTunes gift cards.

“The young male per­son has then at­tended the counter and re­quested the con­sole op­er­a­tor ac­ti­vate those gift cards while pro­duc­ing a knife,” Toowoomba Child Pro­tec­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit Of­fi­cer-in-Charge De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Re­nee Garske said.

The worker is un­der­stood to have com­plied and the boy fled the area.

He was ar­rested at a nearby res­i­dence soon af­ter.

Snr-Sgt Garske said the worker was left shaken af­ter the in­ci­dent but was not phys­i­cally in­jured.

“I think it’s an op­por­tunis­tic in­ci­dent that has oc­curred with this young male per­son,” she said.

“He’s cer­tainly been co­op­er­a­tive with po­lice and his par­ents have been very sup­port­ive and of­fer­ing as­sis­tance to de­ter this young per­son from com­mit­ting any fur­ther of­fences in the fu­ture.”

The busy ser­vice sta­tion was closed to cus­tomers for more than an hour as po­lice in­ves­ti­gated the in­ci­dent.

The boy was dealt with un­der pro­vi­sions of the Young Jus­tices Act.

He was not known to au­thor­i­ties be­fore the in­ci­dent yes­ter­day.

Photo: Nev Mad­sen

ON SCENE: A boy, 12, is al­leged to have held up a Har­ris­town ser­vice sta­tion.

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