A PARK Avenue Hotel patron saved the day when two people, one armed with a rifle, tried to rob the Rockhampton pub on Saturday.
The would-be thieves were disturbed by a customer just before midnight while they were trying to get into a locked counter.
The armed person fired a shot at the floor of the Main St venue before they both fled empty-handed.
Only half-an-hour later two people robbed the Berserker Tavern, one of them armed with a rifle.
They threatened an employee of the tavern and stole a sum of money.
PA Hotel general manager Paul Guthrie said they were thankful no one was injured.
Berserker Tavern employees declined to comment on the robbery, but police said no one was physically harmed at the Dean St venue.
CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Moon said they were investigating if the same two people were involved in both incidents.
The robbers, believed to be men, were described as about 175cm tall with slim builds.
They were wearing black pants, black balaclavas and long sleeved shirts.
It was the fifth armed robbery within the last seven weeks and the second attempted armed robbery.
Police are encouraging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or by going to their website, crimestoppers.com.au.
- March 17: Armed robbery - Berserker Tavern, Dean St
- March 17: Attempted armed robbery - PA Hotel, Main St
- March 3: Armed robbery - Domino's Pizza Store, Bridge St
- February 20: Attempted armed robbery - Arcade newsagency, East St