Detectives probe similar hold-ups
A WOMAN managing the bar at North Rockhampton Bowls Club was confronted by a masked man with a knife on Monday night, just two days after a similar attack at the nearby Raffles Hotel.
Minutes after the last patrons had left the bowls club in Glenmore Rd, a man brandishing a knife and wearing a balaclava to hide his face entered and demanded money from the bar manager, Tracey Kelly.
The attacker is believed to have taken a couple of hundred dollars and was then seen fleeing in a green van along Glenmore Rd.
Police have not ruled out the possibility that the same man carried out both the bowls club and hotel robberies.
Former president and member of the club, Paul Cook, said he understood Ms Kelly was alone in the club when the robber struck.
The incident was damaging for the staff, he said.
"It's ruining the girls; soon they'll be too afraid to come to work," he said yesterday.
"Tracey is normally pretty tough, but this really got to her."
CCTV footage, which is believed to show the robbery, was being studied by police yesterday.
Rockhampton's CIB officer in charge, Detective Sergeant Steve Paskin, said investigations were under way into both incidents.
"We can't discount that the two could be linked but at the same time we've got to keep an open mind that there could be two offenders," he said.
Det. Sgt Paskin urged staff who work at licensed premises to remain vigilant and keep an eye out for anyone suspicious.
The offender was described as slim, Caucasian, 175cm tall, wearing an orange t-shirt and black pants and aged between 20 and 40 years old.
The attack happened about 6pm.
Anyone with any information should contact the Rockhampton CIB on 4932 3550 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by visiting www.crimestoppers.com.au.