Police are hunting a man, who armed himself with a knife, and held up Raffles Hotel on Sunday.
Police are hunting a man, who armed himself with a knife, and held up Raffles Hotel on Sunday. Adam Wratten

Armed bandit bails up hotel staff

A KNIFE-wielding bandit, wearing a balaclava and board shorts, took the festive fun out of New Year festivities for staff at a North Rockhampton hotel early yesterday.

Police are investigating the armed hold-up at Raffles Hotel, on Little Musgrave St, Berserker.

Shortly after 1am, the man entered the hotel armed with a hunting knife and demanded money from staff.

He fled the scene shortly afterwards with what police said was "a substantial amount of money".

The hotel was open at the time of the attack, though most revellers had already headed for home with only a few patrons still celebrating the beginning of the New Year.

The robbery was captured on CCTV, with police yesterday looking to review footage.

Police describe the raider as Caucasian, 175cm tall, wearing a black T-shirt, green and white board shorts and having a balaclava covering his face.

Tracker dogs were brought in. It's thought the bandit escaped to a nearby vehicle.

CIB officers are investigating.

The hotel's manager Linda McCorrison said no one was physically injured during the raid.

Ms McCorrison said it all happened "very quickly" and was over within a minute.

She said the two staff members who were confronted by the bandit remained calm and followed proper procedure.

Anyone with information which could assist police should call Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or go online to crimestoppers.com.au.



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