Victim tells of terror after six robberies in eight days

CRIME SCENE: Bundaberg Police attend the scene of an armed robbery at Lee's on Sylvan at Moore Park Beach on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
CRIME SCENE: Bundaberg Police attend the scene of an armed robbery at Lee's on Sylvan at Moore Park Beach on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

"I'm dead."

That was the first thought that went through Lee Cochrane's mind yesterday afternoon when she became the region's sixth armed robbery victim in just eight days.

Mrs Cochrane was working at her Moore Park store Lee's on Sylvan when a man entered wearing a balaclava and a hooded jacket.

"He was coming in the door with a knife pointed at me," she said.

"I thought, I'm dead.

"The knife was probably 20 to 25cm long but it looked like it was 2m long. It was horrific."

The robbery was the fourth this weekend with another armed robber holding up an adult shop on Saturday at 12.30pm, a grocery store at 8.25pm and a Bargara pizza shop at 9.20pm.

Mrs Cochrane said the ordeal was one she would remember for a long time to come.

"You've got no idea what it was like," she said. "It scares the crap out of you."

Bundaberg Police Criminal Investigations Branch Detective Sergeant Andrew Self said this was the sixth armed robbery in the region since last Saturday.

"We believe the first five are linked but this one at Moore Park is believed to be a different offender," he said.

"We're doing everything we possibly can not only to catch the offenders but also to prevent further offences from being committed including bringing in additional resources from elsewhere."

On Saturday last week at 8.45pm, the leading Edge Video store was robbed and days later on Tuesday, the Urban Cellars at Kepnock was also robbed.

On Friday, police urged small business owners to be vigilant in case the robber struck again and their predictions were correct.

At 12.30pm on Saturday the robber entered an adult store on Walker St with a firearm and made off with a sum of cash.

Hours later at 8.25pm, the Fiveways Foodworks at Boundary St was hit, the man entering armed with a toy firearm and demanding cash from the attendant.

The attendant refused, and the robber fled the store on foot without any money.

Less than an hour later at 9.20pm, the Eagle Boys Pizza store at Bargara was also robbed.

"The man made threats and demanded cash from the store employee, who complied with the man's demands and handed over a sum of cash," a police spokesman said.

"The man fled the store on foot before getting into a blue coloured sedan that was parked a short distance away."

Anyone with information about the robberies is urged to call Bundaberg Police on 4153 9111 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  armed robbery, bundaberg police



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