UPDATE at 3:30 PM on WEDNESDAY: A MAN who was caught on security camera robbing a coffee shop on the northern Gold Coast at the weekend has now been charged over the frightening hold-up.
The 24-year-old was arrested during a raid at a house on Camelot Court in Ormeau this morning, three days after the heist.
CCTV cameras captured the man storming the coffee shop on Eggersdorf Road around 5.30am on Sunday and demanding money from terrified staff. Watch the footage below.
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The man was wearing a yellow high-vis work shirt, tanned work boots with no laces, an orange hard hat with pink stickers and was armed with a ‘small axe’, police said.
He then allegedly used the weapon to smash open the shop’s cash registers before stealing a cash draw and taking off in a black Holden Commodore.
In a statement this afternoon, Queensland Police confirmed the Ormeau man had since been charged with one count each of armed robbery and enter with intent.
The local man was scheduled to front Southport Magistrates Court later today.
FIRST on MONDAY (by Shanee Dobeson): An axe-wielding thief dressed in a high-vis shirt and hard hat is on the run after stealing cash from an Ormeau coffee shop in a rather revealing armed robbery.
The armed bandit stormed into the Eggersdorf Road business around 5.30am on Sunday and confronted staff behind the counter.
He then began smashing into cash registers before stealing a cash drawer and fleeing in a black VE Commodore Omega.
Luckily, no one was injured during the incident.
The man is described as being Caucasian in appearance, about 178cm tall with a solid build and facial hair.
He was wearing a yellow and navy high-vis long-sleeved shirt, dark shorts, tanned work boots with no laces, an orange hard hat with pink and white stickers, gloves and had his face covered with material.
Anyone who may recognise the man is urged to contact police.
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.