Police hunt for trio of armed robbers

POLICE are on the hunt for three armed men who held up a Rockhampton service station and took off with hundreds of dollars in cash.

Around 9.30pm on Tuesday the men entered United Petro-leum on Lower Dawson Road carrying a metal baseball bat.

All three were wearing caps and had obscured their faces with colourful clothes, Rockhampton Plainclothes Constable Brendan Davis said.

The offender wielding the bat then approached the counter and demanded money.

When the attendant asked the man if he was joking he smashed a chocolate display and dropped an empty bag on the table and demanded he fill it up, Constable Davis said.

The attendant complied and the three men then fled the service station, running across the road and escaping through parkland in the direction of Jellicoe Street.

Constable Davis said the police dog squad unit had been called in but was unable to track down the offenders.

The offenders are described as around 170cm in height, slim to medium build, Aboriginal in appearance and were wearing dark baggy clothes.

He said people staying at a caravan park across the road from the service station had reported seeing a group of men watching the business in the hour before the robbery.

"The fact that there was no one else around (except for the attendant) suggests they may have been casing it,'' he said.

Constable Davis said police were following up leads in relation to the incident but were appealing for anyone with information to contact police. Contact Crime Stoppers: 1800?333?000.

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