Employee attacked by raiders

POLICE believe the overnight robbery of an East Ipswich bakery is linked to a break-in at a nearby bowls club.

An employee at the bakery on Jacaranda St sustained facial injuries after being assaulted by up to four men who raided the business in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Ipswich CIB Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Tolsher said the victim responded to a knock on the back door about 4am.

"As he answered the door he was struck with what was essentially a king hit," Snr Sgt Tolsher said.

"Then several offenders have set upon him."

The robbers ransacked the shop, eventually taking off only with a set of keys to a vehicle, which they drove a short distance before attempting to set it on fire.

The violent robbery followed another at East Ipswich earlier in the night, when police had been called to a break-in at the United Services Bowls Club on Joyce St.

Alcohol and a flat screen TV was stolen, which was later found.

Officers from the dog squad were able to use the dumped car to track down four men at a house in the East Ipswich area.

Five males aged between 16 and 20 were yesterday charged with offences including robbery with violence and break and enter.

A fifth person, aged 18, was charged with receiving stolen property. Two of the accused are set to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court today.



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