Masked bandit holds up servos
POLICE say a masked robber pulled a knife on staff and demanded cash at two different service stations within 15 hours in Rockhampton at the weekend.
Detective Senior Constable Richard Millard, of Rockhampton CIB, said police believed both robberies on Saturday, at the Caltex station on the corner of William and George streets and the Choice Petroleum station on Gladstone Road, were connected.
Detective Senior Constable Millard said a 25-year-old man was in custody and helping police with inquiries.
He was expected to be charged with one count each of attempted armed robbery and armed robbery and appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court today.
Police said a man described as Caucasian and of medium build entered the Caltex station at 5.30am with his face concealed and tried to rob the attendant of cash while holding a knife, but left without taking any money.
Just 15 hours later a man who fitted a similar description entered the Choice service station with his face covered by a bandanna and demanded money while threatening the 22-year-old female attendant with a knife.
This time he obtained cash, understood to be $800, and rode away on a bike.
He was last seen on Stanley Street.
Both attendants were not hurt. The attempted robbery of the Caltex store is the second time it has been hit by thieves in just over two months.
On February 1 this year a man in a red and white striped hoodie and wearing long black pants entered the store and gestured to a concealed weapon.
He made off with an accomplice, who stood guard at the door during the robbery, after obtaining an unspecified amount of cash.