Police have released shocking CCTV footage of a man bashing a woman with a steering wheel lock during a terrifying armed robbery in Melbourne’s east.
The robbery occurred at a milk bar in Burwood East at around 5.30pm on Saturday 11 June.
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Police said the man stormed the store and threatened the lone female attendant with a conducted energy device (CED) before demanding money.
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An altercation then ensued at which point the man allegedly produced a vehicle club lock and brutally bashed the female attendant to the ground.
Following the horrific attack, the man left the store with cash and cigarettes.
The woman was rushed to hospital where she remains today with serious facial and arm injuries.
Police are still searching for the man and have released CCTV of the attack in the hope someone may recognise him.
He was wearing a black hooded jumper and ski goggles with white rims at the time.
Detectives believe the man may also be responsible for the armed hold up of another milk bar that occurred in Glen Waverley last month.
In that incident, police said a man entered the Capital Avenue store just before 6pm on Thursday 26 May, approached the counter and threatened the two staff members with a CED before making demands for cash and cigarettes.
After being given quantities of both, he left the store.
The victims were physically uninjured during the incident.
The man is a described as being Asian in appearance, aged in his early to mid 20s and spoke English.
At the time he was wearing a black hooded jumper with GSTAR printed on it, black tracksuit pants, black runners, black gloves and a bandanna covering the lower part of his face.
Detectives from Box Hill Embona Taskforce are investigating the armed robberies and have released CCTV from both incidents.
Anyone who recognises the man or has any information about the incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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