Armed raid at Ipswich pharmacy
POLICE were yesterday chasing a brazen, knife-wielding crook who held up a North Ipswich pharmacy in the middle of the day.
The man, who made no attempt to conceal his face, was seen sitting on a bench in front of the Downs St chemist for several minutes before he went inside and threatened staff with a small blade.
Ipswich CIB's Detective Sergeant Heath McQueen said the robbery took place shortly before 1.40pm.
"A man of about 20 years of age has entered the store and shown a knife to the pharmacist," Sgt McQueen said.
"He has demanded money and she has complied."
An undisclosed sum of cash was handed over and the bandit left on foot.
He was last seen heading north along Downs St.
Police yesterday were trying to obtain surveillance camera footage of the incident.
Sgt McQueen said nobody was physically harmed during the robbery.
The weapon was described as a small kitchen knife.
Shocked workers from neighbouring businesses said they did not even realise what had happened until the police cars began showing up, minutes after the robbery took place.
Scenes-of-crime officers joined detectives and uniform police at the pharmacy as the investigation began.
Police were unable to confirm whether the man had used a vehicle to get away from the crime scene.
The man was described as Caucasian, about 20 years old, with light-brown hair. Further details were not available.
Anyone with information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.