Two men nabbed on servo knife robbery



POLICE yesterday arrested and charged two men in relation to the armed hold-up of the Coles Express Service Station in Rockhampton on Sunday.

The two men, a 21-year-old and a 25-year-old, will appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court today, charged with rob- bery with violence and deprivation of liberty.

A 32-year-old console operator allegedly had a knife held to her throat after two men wearing scarves over their faces entered the service station on the corner of Fitzroy and George streets about 9pm.

It is alleged one man put his arm around the neck of a 15year-old male customer while the other approached the con- sole operator with a knife and demanded money.

Cash and cigarettes were stolen.

Rockhampton police CIB officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Graham Richards said information from the public enabled police to capture the two men.

"Mid-morning (yesterday) we received information from members of the public, which as a result of, we conducted a num- ber of raids on boarding houses in the area,'' Detective Senior Sergeant Richards said.

"On behalf of police I would like to thank the members of the community for their co-operation.

"This goes to show community spirit and pride within Rockhampton are alive and well.''

Both victims of the attack were reportedly shaken from the incident and offered counselling.



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