Shopkeeper stops armed raider
POLICE are appealing for public assistance to catch a knife-wielding criminal who tried to rob a North Booval convenience store.
The tattooed bandit produced a 30cm knife after walking up to the counter of the Gledson St Convenience Store about 2.35pm last Friday.
Ipswich Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Mick Trezise said the offender had demanded that the shop attendant hand over cash.
“He has produced a knife and said to the informant: ‘Give me the money’,” Sen Sgt Trezise said.
“The informant has then grabbed a chair, raised it over his head and said, ‘No way!’.
“The offender then said, ‘Just joking’, before leaving the store.”
Although the attempted robbery was unsuccessful, the store’s owners were shaken by the incident and unwilling to speak to the Queensland Times yesterday.
It was one of several incidents in Ipswich over the past few years where feisty shop attendants have been able to fight or scare off armed bandits.
In March last year, Eastern Heights convenience store owner Lam Nguyen threw glass jars and other stock from his shop in the direction of a 16-year-old would-be thief who was armed with a knife.
At North Station Road, North Booval, last year, a bandit realised he was out of his depth when the shopkeeper he was trying to rob produced an even bigger knife from behind the counter.
It was unknown what direction the man who tried to rob the Gledson Street convenience store left in following Friday’s attempted robbery.
Police said the offender was last seen getting into an unidentified green car.
He was described as 180cm tall, obese, with a moustache, a heavily tattooed arm and wearing shorts.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.