The Kalka Palms Hotel Motel was held up by a man wielding a machete on Wednesday.
The Kalka Palms Hotel Motel was held up by a man wielding a machete on Wednesday. Allan Reinikka

Owner fears for staff in hold-ups

OWNER of Kalka Palms Hotel Motel, Max Brown, said with so many armed robberies occurring throughout Rockhampton it was only a matter of time before they were hit.

A large man armed with a machete threatened staff and demanded cash at the Lakes Creek Rd business just before 10pm on Wednesday.

The robbery came only days after Mr Brown held a meeting with staff to prepare them in the event of an armed robbery.

Rockhampton Police Senior Sergeant Max Bennett said the robber entered and left through the hotel's bottle shop, fleeing with a sum of money from the office and bottle shop.

No one was injured.

Mr Brown said his staff were "pretty tough".

"The manageress that was on is tough as nails ... she wanted to come back to work," he said.

The man was described as about 180cm tall and of a large or solid build, wearing a white t-shirt over his head and a black hood, and having a New Zealand accent.

Snr Sgt Bennett said the robber was seen heading towards Waters St after the robbery.

He urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 anonymously.

 

ARMED ROBBERIES

  • January 1: Masked knifeman robs Raffles Hotel at 1am
  • January 2: Masked knifeman holds up North Rockhampton Bowls Club at 6pm
  • February 2: Two men armed with a knife and a crowbar rob Raffles Hotel at 10.50pm
  • February 8: Man wielding a machete robs Kalka Palms Hotel Motel just before 10pm


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