Four of Cairns’ popular stores have been struck with robbery attempts over the past three days, including one in Redlynch, Brinsmead, Yorkeys Knob and Freshwater. Police are investigating all attacks and it has been suggested that there is more than one suspect involved in the incidents.
On 14 November, a Redlynch pizza shop was robbed by a man armed with a handgun and wearing a motorcycle helmet. Preliminary information indicates the man entered the pizza shop located on Larsen Road just before midnight.
The second attack occurred around 3:50am on 16 November when a Yorkeys Knob service station was robbed by two men armed with an iron bar and machete. The men threatened the service station attendant before fleeing with a sum of cash and cigarettes.
Then, last night, on 16 November, two more armed robberies were reported in Freshwater and Brinsmead. The attacks happened within 20 minutes on one another, one at 9:00pm and one at 9:20pm.
The Freshwater attack occurred at a Kumerunga Road business when a man entered and threatened a 35-year-old female employee before fleeing on foot with a sum of cash. He is described as between 160 and 170cms tall and was wearing a dark coloured hooded jumper, black pants, black shoes and a bandana covering his face.
The Brinsmead attack occurred at 9:20pm when a robber was forced to smash his way out of a Brinsmead service station after a quick thinking employee locked him inside the store. The 50-year-old male employee saw the man, who was armed with a knife, enter the Brinsmead Road petrol station. The employee fled to safety, locking the front doors as he left.
After failing to open the cash register the man attempted to flee via the glass front doors. However, when he realised they were locked, he pulled one of the doors towards him until it shattered. The man jumped through the broken glass and attempted to escape however he was tackled by the employee with the pair struggling until the offender produced a knife, threatening the 50-year-old.
The man is described as Caucasian and approximately 175 to 183cms tall. He was wearing a blue, long sleeve hooded top with grey sleeves, blue cargo pants and had a cloth covering his face.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day.