North Rockhampton’s Hungry Jack’s restaurant at Aquatic Place.
North Rockhampton’s Hungry Jack’s restaurant at Aquatic Place. Allan Reinikka

Armed robber 'with cancer' arrested

A MAN who allegedly threatened a service station attendant and a Hungry Jack's worker, claiming he had a fire arm in his hoodie pocket, has been remanded in custody.

Shane Baker, 32, appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday charged with two counts of armed robbery and single counts of attempted robbery and entering premises with intent.

Baker, who was on bail relating to other matters at the time of committing the alleged offences on Tuesday night, was denied bail.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Joe Aboud said about 10.20pm on Tuesday, Baker allegedly approached the front door of the Shell service station on the corner of Musgrave and High Sts, Rockhampton.

"At the time, he was wearing a hoodie over his head and had his right hand in his pocket," Sgt Aboud said.

"The console operator feared for his safety and ran out of the console area to the back of the shop."

Sgt Aboud said about 10.50pm, it was alleged Baker unlocked the back door of the Hungry Jack's restaurant in Aquatic Place, and demanded that an employee hand cash in the register to him.

"He didn't go through the front door because the restaurant was shut at the time," Sgt Aboud said.

He said the female told Baker she didn't have keys to the register or safe and emptied her pockets to prove this.

However, she had cigarettes, a lighter and a mobile phone which Baker allegedly stole.

Both armed robberies were caught on CCTV.

Sgt Aboud said Baker had a criminal history and was granted bail on Mondayin relation to a wilful damage offence when allegedly he committed the further offences the next day.

Sgt Aboud said after leaving Hungry Jack's, Baker was spotted running towards Kershaw Gardens.

Police surrounded the area.

A police dog found a bag containing personal papers with the defendant's name on them, including the bail forms from the previous day.

They then found Baker's hoodie.

At 12.15am, Baker's partner called triple-zero, telling police he was at the front of Denham Lodge in Kent St.

When police caught Baker, they found smokes and a lighter matching the description of what was taken from the Hungry Jack's employee.

Duty lawyer Danny Yarrow said Baker had lived in Rockhampton for four years and was employed by a local transport company for the past six months.

"My client has considerable medical problems," he said.

"He was diagnosed with cancer of the liver nine months ago."

Baker is due to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on January 19.

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