Attendant rattled by armed hold up
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
"GIVE me the money.''
These were the simple words used by two armed robbers when they held up the Young Australian Bottle Shop at the Sun Valley Plaza on Thursday night.
But thanks to the cool, calm and collected manner of shop assistant Aaron Lloyd, what could have been a potentially deadly situation was over in a matter of seconds.
Without panicking, Aaron merely followed the directions of the thieves and did as he was told, alerting police once the thieves had left the store.
"I stayed calm throughout it and they were calm ? they didn't raise their guns or anything, but had them pointing to the ground and just looked like they were getting ready to run in case anyone came,'' Aaron said.
He said the robbery left him somewhat "rattled'' but it had happened quickly and without fuss.
"It took about 30 seconds for the whole thing to happen. I was rattled for a little while and thought 'What just happened?' but I got over it after a few hours,'' Aaron said.
Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) Detective Sergeant Troy Lehmann said about 9.30pm on Thursday, a man wearing a balaclava and armed with a shotgun, entered the bottle shop in Sun Valley Road.
He demanded money from the shop assistant at which time a second offender entered the store.
He said after demanding the shop assistant empty the register, the two took off down Sun Valley Road.
Det Sgt Lehmann said a witness later reported seeing a yellow Hilux utility speed out of nearby bushland.
"Since the incident, police have carried out door-knocks of the area and a scientific examination of the store, and statements from witnesses in and around the area have been taken, but we're calling on any members of the public who may have seen anything to get in touch with us,'' he said.
Det Sgt Lehmann said the two men were described as being about 165cm tall, of proportionate build and wearing blue baggy jeans, dark coloured long-sleeve shirts, white sneakers and balaclavas, showing only their eyes.
He said both men were armed with shotguns, and anyone with information on the circumstances surrounding the robbery should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Gladstone Police on 4971 3210.