Police are hunting a gunman who held up a Urangan bottle shop.
Police are hunting a gunman who held up a Urangan bottle shop. Contributed

Fugitive gunman mystery

A GUNMAN who threatened workers in two Hervey Bay hold-ups could still be on the Fraser Coast.

Police believe a Pialba video store robbery and an attempted armed hold-up in Urangan that occurred within days of each other were committed by the same person.

In both cases, the offender was described as a Caucasian male with shoulder length hair, aged between 35 and 40, 170cm tall and with an average build.

He hasn't physically hurt anyone, but took cash from the Blockbuster video store on August 16 after threatening an employee with a concealed weapon.

Three days later, at the Kondari Hotel bottle shop, he pulled a gun - which may have been a replica - on a male attendant who refused to hand over any money.

Detective Senior Sergeant Nikki Colfs, of Maryborough District CIB, said police were desperate to arrest the offender before he committed further violent offences.

"We don't know for sure, but looking at it, I'd say it's the same person," she said.

"If he's done this twice, he'll do it again."

Police are asking members of the public to help identify the man by the clothing he was wearing, as shown in CCTV footage.

In the Blockbuster robbery, he was wearing a black, white and grey rain jacket, with blue jeans and tan work boots.

At the Kondari Hotel, it was a pink T-shirt and a black cap with a white logo.

"The clothing is pretty distinctive - somebody must know who this person is," Snr Sgt Colfs said.

She said the female video store attendant was left frightened after the man entered at night, with what she believed was a gun, and demanded cash.

While the 50-year-old attendant at the Kondari refused to hand over any money to the armed robber, police would advise others against this type of bravery.

"During the last six month period, the Maryborough District CIB, in conjunction with the district crime prevention officer, have co-ordinated a number of armed robbery prevention seminars in Hervey Bay and Maryborough," Snr Sgt Colfs said.

"We went out of our way to deliver these armed robbery prevention seminars to businesses and no one bothered to show up.

"They all thought it doesn't happen here.

"Well guess what? It does.

"We've had two in one week now."

She said any businesses seeking free security advice could phone her on 4123 8111.

To report information on the robberies, phone the same number or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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