Police at the scene of an alleged armed robbery at Aldi in Pialba.
Police at the scene of an alleged armed robbery at Aldi in Pialba. Carlie Walker

Police charge Scarness man with armed robbery of Aldi store

AFTERNOON UPDATE: Police have charged a 45-year-old Scarness man with the armed robbery of Hervey Bay's Aldi store.

They made the arrest on Thursday afternoon and will allege the man entered the Aldi store, brandishing a butcher's knife, about 5.45pm on Wednesday.

Police said he was wearing green gloves and used a piece of cloth to cover his face.

He then allegedly stole a large sum of money from two of the cashiers while holding them at knifepoint as horrified shoppers looked on.

A Maryborough patrol group had made extensive inquiries leading to the man's arrest, Detective Senior Sergeant Nikki Colfs said.

The man is due to appear in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Friday morning.

MORNING UPDATE: A man allegedly armed with a knife stole cash from Hervey Bay's Aldi supermarket about 5.45pm on Wednesday and is believed to have fled on a bicycle.

Police said the man entered the Main St business, approached two checkout attendants then produced a knife and demanded money.

After taking cash the man left the store, police said.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 185-190cm tall, of average build and aged in his late 40s.

He was wearing a dark blue zipped up jacket, black tracksuit pants, white joggers, green gloves and had his face covered by cloth.

No one was physically injured during the robbery.

Anyone with information, should contact Crime Stoppers via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.

EARLIER: Police are on the hunt for an alleged armed bandit who held up Hervey Bay's Aldi store about 5.45pm on Wednesday.

A witness told police at the scene that she had seen a tall, thin man wearing a pair of plastic green gloves walking near the store.

While she was taking her trolley back to the store, she noticed a gun holstered in the back of his pants.

Police later said the man had a knife.

Three police cars were at the scene of the incident, with one leaving Aldi shortly after 6pm with its sirens and lights on.

It was believed the man had left the scene on a bicycle, heading down Main St.

No further details are available at this stage.



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