Armed robbers hit shops for cigarettes and cash

STAFF at two Ipswich late-night stores were held up by armed robbers in two unrelated raids on Monday night.

A North Ipswich convenience store was held up by a pair of robbers on Monday evening before a machete-wielding man held up a Redbank Plains service station in the early hours of yesterday.

About 6.30pm on Monday two men entered the Holmes St store demanding cash from the attendant.

According to police one of the men was armed with a knife. Both had their faces covered - one with a balaclava the other with a hooded jumper.

The attendant, a 36-year-old woman, was not physically injured during the incident. The two men demanded cash and cigarettes, and fled the store after grabbing them.

Investigations into the incident are continuing.

At 2.45am yesterday a man walked into the Freedom Fuels service station on Kruger Pde carrying a machete.

The man entered and then threatened the male attendant with the weapon demanding cigarettes and cash, which he left the premises with.

According to police he had covered his face during the incident.

Police told the QT they were currently speaking to a man regarding the incident and are interested in speaking to a number of others.

No one was physically harmed in either robbery.

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