No cash, cake for would-be robber

POLICE are hunting a teenage would-be thief following a bizarre attempted robbery at Springfield.

The young offender, who police said had his hair cut in a rat's tail, walked into the Cheesecake Shop with another teenage boy just after 7pm Monday.

After asking for a free cheesecake from the female store attendant and being turned down, the teen helped himself to one and ran off.

Ipswich Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Williams said the offender's friend then apologised to the store attendant and promised to return the stolen cake.

"He actually caught up with the offender and recovered the cheesecake," Snr Sgt Williams said.

Playing the good Samaritan, the teenager then returned the cake to the shop, only for the main offender to return as well and allegedly cause more trouble.

Police said that while the cake was being returned, the boy with the rat's tail tried to open the cash register in the store.

The register was locked and his attempt failed, with the store attendant then struggling with the boy for a short time.

"During the struggle, the second male has told the main offender to 'chill out' and leave the store," Snr Sgt Williams said.

Both the young males then fled the store, which is situated within the Springfield shopping centre on Springfield Parkway.

The employee was not physically injured during the incident.

The offender is described as Caucasian in appearance, aged in his early to mid teens, about 170cm tall, with brown hair and a rat's tail.

At the time of the offence, he was wearing a blue hooded jumper and black three-quarter length pants.

Snr Sgt Williams said police had video footage of the incident, which took place between 7.06 and 7.10pm.

Comfits of both boys have also been prepared by police.

It was the second time the Springfield store has been targeted by juvenile thieves in recent months, with a group of four boys raiding the premises during an early morning break-in on December 9 last year.

On that occasion, an estimated $1000 in stock was taken.

Police have since located the offenders.

Anyone with information that could assist police with Monday's attempted robbery should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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