Luke stays cool during armed hold-up
LESS than 24 hours after being held up at knifepoint, Luke Batchelor yesterday spoke calmly about his late-night robbery ordeal.
The 22-year-old Network Video Store clerk was just about to close the Richardson Road, North Rockhampton, shop on Tuesday evening when a man wielding a knife walked through the door.
He demanded money from the till.
"I was about to wash the windows when he walked in,'' Mr Batchelor said. "He came and said 'Give me your money'.''
While most people would panic after a man wearing a balaclava and holding a 20-centimetre blade demanded cash from the till, Mr Batchelor remained calm. Remembering the hold-up training he learned while working as a bank teller, he did what the man asked.
"I just thought 'You picked the wrong store to rob','' he said, saying it had been a quiet night.
Mr Batchelor handed the robber notes and gold coins from the register.
"The whole thing only took about a minute,'' he said.
"It seemed like he had done this sort of thing before, because he was very calm and collected.''
When the robber left the store, Mr Batchelor felt a sudden adrenaline rush.
"I was a bit shaky and I called the police,'' he said.
"I was feeling kind of angry.''
He described the robber to police as a man in his early 20s wearing a dark green hoodie and carrying a small blue backpack.
Despite the drama of the evening, Mr Batchelor remained unfazed after talking to police.
"I just went home and went to bed,'' he said.
"If you let people scare you, you will live your whole life in fear.''
Store owner Bert Summers praised his young employee for handling the situation so professionally.
"He took it quite well,'' he said.
"Nobody was hurt and that's the main thing.''
Plainclothes Senior Constable Brendan Davis said police were still investigating the crime.
Anybody with information should call Crimestoppers on 1800 300 000 or Rockhampton CIB on 4932 1518.