Police hunt for hand gun-wielding bakery robber

EAST Ipswich shop owners are calling for increased security measures following an early morning armed robbery.

A man armed with a hand gun held up the bakery on the corner of Jacaranda St and Chermside Rd about 12.40am yesterday, fleeing with a sum of cash.

The bakery is the third business in the small shopping complex to be hit in recent years.

Laurie Walsh, who has operated the Friendly Grocer for 25 years, said her staff had been the victims of an armed hold-up and several burglaries.

"We would certainly like to see some Safe City Cameras down this end of town," she said.

Ipswich health and community safety spokesman Cr Andrew Antoniolli said the shopping precinct was not a candidate for Safe City cameras because it simply didn't have the amount of foot traffic required.

"Our first priority is public safety," he said.

"Businesses concerned about theft and robbery need to implement their own systems."

Jacaranda Bottle Shop manager Chris Wilkins had an additional security camera installed after three men stormed into the shop brandishing a sawn-off shotgun and a pistol on July 27, 2013.

The offender in the latest armed raid at the bakery was described as 180cm, with dark clothing and a solid build. Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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