POLICE are desperately trying to identify the persons responsible for the armed robbery of the Kirra Sports Club earlier this year as they investigate the possible links between a number of armed hold-ups across the southeast.
As part of Operation Mike Caiman, detectives from State Crime Command’s Armed Robbery Unit, Brisbane Region and South Eastern Region have been investigating the robberies of licensed venues since January.
On January 15 at around 10pm, two men armed with a firearm and hammer ran through the door of a sports club on Appel Street, Coolangatta. After approaching workers, the men told a female patron to get on the floor before demanding money. Both men left the scene in a silver dual cab utility.
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On January 21 two men, one armed with a knife the other a piece of wood, entered a tavern located on Southgate Avenue, Cannon Hill. One man jumped the bar before threatening staff, demanding cash and forcing them into an office area. The other man threatened two patrons, striking one of the ankle with the piece of wood and forcing them into another area of the tavern. The men stole money and left in a dark coloured car.
On February 3, two men smashed the front glass door of a hotel on Chambers Flat Road, Marsden. The pair threatened two staff members with a firearm before tying the employees’ hands behind their backs and stealing a sum of cash.
On February 13, two men aged 18 and 19 and a woman aged 21, were charged with the attempted robbery of a tobacco store in Runcorn. The men were also charged with the robberies of a hotel on Toohey RoadSalisbury on February 3 and a hotel on Stanley Street, East Brisbane the same night.
On February 16, police charged three men (aged 19, 17 and 30) with the armed robbery of a League’s Club on Kirby Road, Aspley on February 7 and a hotel on Kingston Road Waterford West on January 30. The men were charged shortly after the robbery of a licensed premises on Sandgate Road, Nundah. They were also charged with the robbery of this venue.
“As a result of some great investigative work, police have made some significant arrests as part of this operation. However we are still to identify those responsible for the armed robberies at Coolangatta, Cannon Hill and Marsden,” Detective Inspector Rod Kemp, Crime Inspector Brisbane Region said.
“We are keen to receive information from the public and are particularly concerned at the escalating nature of the actions taken by the offenders.
“We are certainly looking at the connections between all of these offences and their distinct similarities.”
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. For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.