Teen recounts harrowing robbery
LATEST: Police are this morning continuing their search for a man involved in an armed hold-up at a Caloundra cinema.
Officers have been searching for the man since the incident at Big Screen Cinemas in Bulcock St on Sunday night.
A 22-year-old man accused of the robbery is already in custody but his alleged accomplice is still being sought.
He is described as being about 182cm tall and of slim build.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
EARLIER: Confronted by armed robbers, cinema worker Hannah McClarence kept her cool to make sure they got what they wanted and she got what she wanted.
They wanted cash, she wanted to ensure her own safety and that of her 15-year-old colleague.
Miss McClarence, 19 and her colleague were on Monday praised by their boss for the way in which they handled being threatened with a gun during a hold-up at Big Screen Cinemas in Caloundra about 7.30pm on Sunday.
She said her co-worker had seen or heard someone arrive at the counter.
"I see her face (and) she looked shocked and a little bit stand offish," Miss McClarence said.
"So I've walked out to make sure everything is alright and that's when I've been confronted with both of them."
She said she was told to put all of the money in a bag.
"It felt like a joke. It didn't seem real that it was happening," she said.
But she said a glimpse of a gun being held by one man prompted her to start collecting money.
Miss McClarence said the registers were emptied before the men walked out towards Lamkin Lane.
She then called 000 and messaged her mum Amanda, who is also a staff member at the cinemas but was enjoying Mother's Day at home.
"It was pretty crazy and it doesn't hit you until like 10 minutes later," she said.
"That's when you start getting the shakes and you start to process that - 'that just happened'."
She said staff were well-drilled to preserve their safety by handing over money when threatened.
"I just made sure they got what they wanted and I got what I wanted," she said.
Cinema manager Anthony Struik said he rushed back to the Bulcock St site as soon as he got a call about the incident.
"They (staff) handled themselves exceptionally well," Mr Struik said.
Mr Struik's family has owned the cinema for about 20 years.
He said about $1500 in cash was taken.
Police later charged 22-year-old Tyran Lee Oakhill after a search at a Caloundra address.
They allegedly found a replica handgun at the property.
Oakhill did not apply for bail in Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning and was remanded in custody for next mention on June 30.
Police are continuing their search for his alleged accomplice.
He was described as being about 182cm tall and of slim build.
He was last seen wearing a hoodie, long pants and a pink mask covering his face.