Owner 'throws out' armed robber
THE owner of a North Rockhampton antique shop threw more than abuse at an armed robber who was trying to hold up his store yesterday afternoon.
The balaclava-clad bandit was armed with a small knife when he went into the Antique Curiosity Shop and Confidential Pawnbrokers, on Little Musgrave St, shortly after 2pm and demanded cash from the owner.
But rather than giving him any money the owner warned the offender and then threw a number of items at him, forcing him out of the shop, police said.
The bandit quickly fled.
The man was found nearby within half an hour after a large-scale police hunt, which included the dog squad.
Fortunately, lots of police were on hand at the time because of a change of shift at the nearby station.
Rockhampton police Senior Sergeant Max Bennett said the offender left the shop, ran across Lakes Creek Rd and a train track into nearby bushland.
“Shortly afterwards police located a male person coming out of the bushland,” Snr Sgt Bennett said.
“A man is helping us with our enquiries.”
He said daytime armed hold-ups didn't happen that often.
It's thought the owner of the antique shop, who was not injured, was the only person in the building at the time of the attack.
It was not known what pieces were thrown at the offender.
Police were last night checking to see if CCTV footage of the attack was available.
Officers from the Criminal Investigation Branch were last night questioning the man.
Police sent all available officers, including tracker dog handlers, to North Rockhampton last night after a man brandishing a 25cm hunting knife robbed the Richardson Road Foodworks.
The bandit, who may have had an accomplice, hid his face with a shirt when he entered the supermarket.
A police spokesman said the man, who was white, was wearing an orange and blue workshirt, black cargo pants and white training shoes.
Police searched an area between Richardson Road and Farm Street but he was still at large late last night.
No-one was physically harmed in the raid.