Knife bandit flees servo
POLICE are hunting an armed robber who threatened a Rockhampton service station operator with a large knife yesterday.
Police said the thief walked into the BP service station on Albert Street about 1.45am, threatened the attendant with a kitchen knife and demanded money before running off with a small amount of cash and tobacco.
The theft is the city's third armed robbery of a service station in recent weeks.
Police are searching for a man described as of Caucasian appearance, in his 20s, about 180cm tall and of medium build.
Rockhampton CIB plainclothes Senior Constable Brendan Davis said the robber wore a distinctive long-sleeved dark shirt with a yellow rum symbol and was carrying a black backpack. Senior Constable Davis appealed for public support to catch the thief.
No-one else was in the store at the time of the robbery. Yesterday, Reliance Petroleum people and safety manager Alan Watson praised the attendant, who was aged about 30, for the way he handled the situation.
Mr Watson said the employee was offered counselling and would be given time off to complete this.
He said when he returned to work it would be on the day shift.
"He did everything by the book and followed the company's instructions to the letter,'' Mr Watson said.
"He is fine ... (but, obviously) pretty shook up by the event.''
He said employee safety and well-being was paramount. The store was fitted with working security cameras and alarms. Police investigations continue.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Rockhampton police on 4932 1500.