Police hunt armed robber

THE man alleged to have robbed the Bay Central Tavern on Monday night was last seen driving in the direction of Eli Waters.

After demanding money from a female employee and being handed a sum of cash, the man got into a waiting vehicle which sped away on Boat Harbour Drive towards Eli Waters.

A police spokesman said a similar offence was thwarted at the Torquay Hotel only 15 minutes before the Bay Central incident.

A man meeting the same description walked into the Torquay Hotel at about 8.30pm and demanded money from an employee at the Poker Machine counter.

A spokesman from the Torquay Hotel said there was a glass barrier between the employee and the man, and the employee asked the alleged offender what was going on.

Not wanting to push his luck in that establishment, the man is said to have left the hotel immediately, without any money.

Police will be reviewing CCTV footage today from both pubs to determine the identity of the alleged robber.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Hervey Bay police station or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police hunt armed robber

POLICE are hunting an armed robber who held up a Hervey Bay pub last night.

A police spokesman said a man walked into Bay Central Tavern at about 8.45pm with what appeared to be a concealed weapon underneath a handkerchief.

The man demanded money from a terrified member of staff and escaped with an amount of cash.

The robber is said to have had an accomplice waiting outside in a small white hatchback, and the pair drove away immediately.

The robber is said to be about 25-30-years-old, 175cms with a solid build and dark complexion.

He was wearing a red beanie and dark clothing.

The police spokesman said a man meeting that description was also involved in another incident at the Torquay Hotel earlier that evening.

More details to follow.

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