Residents help in quick arrest
TEN minutes after Choice Petroleum was robbed for the second time in 10 days, Rockhampton police were arresting a man one block away from the crime scene.
The 32-year-old man allegedly held a small knife to the male attendant around 4.30pm yesterday.
Police said he stole a sum of money, a packet of cigarettes and some other property before running away from the Thozet Road company, in North Rockhampton.
The alleged offender ran to a unit on Shepherd Street, which is on the same block as the petrol station.
The district duty officer, Senior Sergeant John Hamrey, said police nabbed the suspected thief after receiving information from people in the neighbourhood.
The man covered his face with an orange shirt as officers escorted him out of the house and into the back of a police vehicle about 5pm. Choice closed early last night following the afternoon robbery.
Early last night a staff member told The Morning Bulletin it was not known exactly what had been taken.
The petrol station was last robbed on September 10 when it's alleged a man, 31, and his girlfriend, 18, made off with $500 cash.
Police nabbed the two alleged thieves from a description of the getaway vehicle.
Both have been released from custody on bail as they wait for their charges to be dealt with in court.