UPDATE 1.30PM: POLICE have found the stolen silver utility believed to have been used in connection with the robbery of the United Petrol Station on Lower Dawson Rd early Monday morning.

More details to come.

EARLIER: WHEN a bandit, wielding a baseball bat, tried to rob a Rockhampton service station early Monday morning, he didn't expect to be the one running away in fear.

But he messed with the wrong shop attendant, who was armed with kitchen tongs and a whipper snipper.

It was 4.45am when the shop attendant at the United petrol station on Lower Dawson Rd had been behind the counter preparing hot food for the day ahead.

As he was walking towards the hot box, the baseball bandit startled him and knocked the food to the ground. Without showing any fear the shop attendant, armed with kitchen tongs, jolted forward intimidating the bandit.

It didn't take the shop attendant long to upgrade his tongs to a whipper snipper, as the bandit tried to steal the cash register.

After one look at the whipper snipper, the bandit backtracked and bolted from the store, with the shop attendant hot on his heels.

Rockhampton CIB officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Moon said the shop attendant acted on the spur of the moment; and his actions did deter the bandit from stealing any money.

While the shop attendant's actions were brave, Snr Sgt Moon reminded the public to "observe their safety first" when faced by confronting situations.

Once the bandit was chased outside he hopped into a silver Toyota Utility that had been stolen earlier from Frenchville.

Snr Sgt Moon said that the CCTV at the United station was exceptional and they were confident of catching the bandit.

The man is described as 170-180cm tall, wearing shorts and a hooded jumper. Police are also seeking information on a second man who was in the getaway vehicle.

If you have information please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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