Accused bandits planned heists
THE three young men accused of robbing a Rockhampton convenience store last week had allegedly planned to hold a gun to a person withdrawing cash from an ATM.
However, because the targeted ATM was too well-lit, the trio allegedly planned to rob a taxi driver. That plan failed and they chose to terrorise a shop attendant at a Richardson Road shop using a baseball bat and a gun.
All three alleged offenders have been arrested, with the second two appearing in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday on charges of armed robbery.
Travis Mack, 17, and Campbell Tilberoo, 21, were denied bail.
The court was told one bought a bottle of Coke five minutes before the robbery to “case the joint”.
Police prosecutor Constable Darryl Cox said the trio, covering their faces with clothing, told the male cashier at Oasis Convenience Store to “open the (expletive) till”.
One of the three had said: “Give me your money or I’ll kill you”.
The men made off with cash and cigarettes. Last week the first alleged offender, a juvenile, was arrested.
Police said he was allegedly told he’d be shot and his legs broken “if he snitched”.
Security footage from the Allenstown Hotel shows the alleged thieves buying a carton of rum only 15 minutes after the store was held up.
Police had searched the Mount Morgan home where Mack and Tilberoo were living on December 16 and found cigarettes, clothing allegedly worn during the theft, a baseball bat and gloves.
Constable Cox said the gun allegedly used in the robbery had not been found after one offender threw it off the Mount Morgan lookout.
Acting Magistrate Mark Morrow refused bail for Mack and Tilberoo, who will both be back at court on February 10.