Man accused of sparking petrol station bomb hoax

A man will face court on Tuesday, after allegedly leaving a suspicious device next to a petrol pump in inner Brisbane.

Police say the 50-year-old arrived at the Fortitude Valley service station around 1.20am, placing the object next to a bowser, before heading inside an threatening the attendant.

It’s alleged the man warned the worker at the Barry Parade business about the device and demanded cash.


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He then took off in a taxi with cash and other goods.

The bomb squad was called and officers checked over the device for almost four hours, before it was declared as posing no threat.

Police tracked down the man, and charged him with one count each of armed robbery and bomb hoax.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au.

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