Third Armed Robbery Nets Man's Wallet; Busy Fortnight Sees Spate of Unlinked Hold-Ups in City

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Byline: Kieran Campbell kieran.campbell@capnews.com.au

POLICE don't believe an armed robbery at Rockhampton on Wednesday night is related to two others in the city in the last few days.

On Wednesday, a man in his late 20s, armed with a small knife, walked into the office of Close Construction on Kent Street and demanded money from a worker, 55, about 9pm.

When told there was no cash kept on the premises, the robber asked for the man's wallet.

He removed the money and handed the wallet back to the man before running out of the office, through the back door into Kent Lane.

It was the third armed robbery in Rockhampton in less than two weeks and the 15th for the year.

But Central Region Crime Co-ordinator Detective Inspector Jon Wacker doesn't believe the last three armed robberies are linked.

He yesterday said no special unit had been set up but that a team of investigators were working on all of the armed robberies in the last four months.

The armed robber from Wednesday night is described as 25 to 30 years old, 176cm tall with a medium build and a stubble beard.

He was last seen wearing a long-sleeved red and dark coloured flannelette shirt, a dark-coloured baseball cap and black sunglasses.

The first of the recent spate of robberies was at Dews of Allenstown store on September 12 when a man riddled with face piercing made off with cash.

Late last week a masked bandit walked into a BP service station on Albert Street with his weapon pointed at the terrified worker before throwing a backpack on the counter and demanding cash.

The offender is described as being between 171 and 175cm tall and of slim build, with his face covered by a T-shirt and was last seen departing the servo heading towards Denison Lane. …

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