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Police search for bandit who tried to rob service station

WANTED: The attempted armed robbery was caught on CCTV at the Leichhardt Caltex.
WANTED: The attempted armed robbery was caught on CCTV at the Leichhardt Caltex. Contributed

2AM: Police are confident that someone will be able to identify the person who tried to rob a Leichhardt service station while armed with a baseball bat.

Closed circuit television footage of the robber was released yesterday, clearly showing his unmasked face and bright-coloured clothing.

He had walked into the Caltex service station on Old Toowoomba Rd about 5pm, demanding money from an employee.

A customer snatched the baseball bat away from the would-be robber and he took off empty handed.

The offender is described as being Caucasian in appearance, around 174cm, of a slim build and with sandy red hair.

He was wearing a red T-shirt, white shorts, black shoes with white soles and a dark-coloured Nike bumbag.

 

THURSDAY: A quick-thinking customer grabbed a baseball bat off a bandit threatening a console operator at a Leichhardt service station last night.

Police last night were searching for the bandit who had tried to rob the Caltex service station.

The robber threatened the operator, demanding money, but the customer standing behind the would-be thief grabbed the weapon off him.

The robber didn't stay to argue and hot-footed it out.

A police man hunt in the surrounding Leichhardt streets then swung into action.

At least two highway patrol cars, two regular police vehicles and a police motorcycle joined in the search for the man, who was thought to be aged between 17 and 20.

The streets between Tony Merrel Park and Jim Finimore Sportsground became the main focus of the search.

The bandit was wearing a red Nike top and white shorts and was carrying a black Nike bum bag and a black baseball bat.

He had reddish-blonde hair and was of Caucasian appearance.

Anyone with information that can be provided to police should call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or go to crimestoppers.com.au



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