Manhunt for armed robber escalates
POLICE investigating the armed robbery of a North Ipswich chemist have released images of the person they believe was behind the brazen daylight raid.
Armed with a small kitchen knife, the offender entered the Downs St pharmacy about 1.40pm on April 16, threatening an employee while demanding money.
The victim complied and the man fled on foot, heading north, along Downs St.
He was carrying an undisclosed sum of cash from the store.
Nobody was physically injured.
Despite the timing of the robbery and the fact that Downs St was bustling with cars and pedestrians at the time, nobody in the area reported seeing anything suspicious.
It was believed the offender sat on a bench outside the pharmacy for several minutes before committing the robbery.
Detectives initially thought the man had fled the crime scene in a vehicle which had been captured by a red light camera shortly after the time of the offence.
Despite investigations into the red light camera incident, police were yet to identify the armed robber.
The offender was described as about 20 years of age, Caucasian, with light brown hair.
He was wearing a blue flannelette shirt, dark grey or black long pants, white shoes and a dark baseball cap.
Police have appealed for anyone that may recognise the man in the security camera images to contact them immediately.
The pharmacy robbery is just one of many committed in the Ipswich district this year that detectives are still working to solve.
Earlier this month, police released closed-circuit television images of a man they believe is responsible for four separate robberies, committed at service stations between Springfield and Willowbank over more than a month.
A black handgun was used in each of the robberies.
More recently, a bakery employee sustained facial injuries during a violent robbery at East Ipswich early Monday morning.
Two men and two juvenile boys were later charged with various offences related to the robbery.
Anyone with information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.