Rocky fights back after robbery
THREE men who witnessed an armed robber wreak havoc on a service station decided enough was enough and gave chase on Sunday night.
The Caltex truckstop theft just before 10pm was the fifth armed robbery in Rockhampton this year.
Police said staff saw the man enter the Yaamba Rd service station brandishing a knife and went into the kitchen.
The man, wearing white socks for gloves, then went behind the counter and ripped out the cash till.
Police said he tried to escape through a side door, but it was locked and as he struggled to kick out the glass he dropped his weapon and a bag.
The three witnesses pursued the man, despite him yelling threats at them.
Police said the men lost sight of the robber in long grass nearby, but discovered the till and a balaclava on the ground where the thief dropped them.
No one was injured.
From knives to a machete, used in last week's attack on the Kalka Palms Hotel Motel, local pub owner Will Cordwell said Rockhampton thieves were becoming far more daring.
Mr Cordwell's Ascot Hotel has been broken into twice in the past week and last year he lost about $40,000 in cash and stock from numerous break-ins.
He applauded the efforts of the men who witnessed the armed robbery.
"I wouldn't advise people to do it, but good on them," Mr Cordwell said.
"There are a lot of people here who want to clean this town up.
"It's high time we stood up to them and gave police some support."
He said police often solved the crime, but the court system needed to impose harsher penalties.
The man who robbed the Caltex truckstop was described as of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall and of a slim build.
CCTV footage of the man showed him wearing a very distinctive black and white hooded Adidas jacket, three-quarter length cargo pants, brown leather work boots, white socks on his hands and a black balaclava.
Police are urging anyone with information on the robberies to call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.
- January 1: Masked knifeman robbed 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 robbed Raffles Hotel at 10.50pm
- February 8: Man armed with a machete robbed Kalka Palms Hotel Motel just before 10pm
- February 12: A knifeman robbed the Caltex service station truckstop at 10pm