POLICE say a Chevron Island convenience store attendant is “extremely lucky” to have walked away after fighting off a would-be armed robber with a baseball bat on Thursday night.
A man is seen on CCTV footage entering the business on Thomas Drive at around 11.30pm, where he demanded money from the attendant, threatening him with a knife.
When the male attendant challenged him with a baseball bat, the offender ran from the store with no money and entered a dark blue or black coloured sedan, possibly a 2011 model, that was waiting nearby.
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The vehicle was last seen heading west on Thomas Drive.
Detective Inspector Brian Swan said the attendant was very lucky to have escaped injury.
“The shop attendant has picked up a baseball bat from behind the counter and struck the offender,” Detective Inspector Swan said.
“Whilst I admire the bravery of the shop attendant, we don’t condone that sort of behaviour.
“It could have so easily turned into us (police) investigating the serious assault of the shop attendant or worse, possibly his murder.
“In my experience, I have had the misfortune of investigating armed robberies that have turned into murders because of people challenging the offender. He is extremely lucky.” he said.
Nobody sustained any physical injuries during the incident.
It is believed that the man was Caucasian in appearance, around 174cm tall, with a solid build and light coloured hair. He was wearing a dark coloured t-shirt and jeans and was last seen with what appeared to be a bandana cloth wrapped around his face and wearing a baseball cap.
Investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.