INFORMATION NEEDED: A man armed with a gun and a woman wearing a motorcycle helmet were involved.
INFORMATION NEEDED: A man armed with a gun and a woman wearing a motorcycle helmet were involved.

Can you help catch armed robbers terrorising Ipswich?

IPSWICH detectives are appealing for assistance from the public in finding the crooks responsible for four unsolved armed robberies.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Heath McQueen said it had been a good year for the Ipswich CIB, with charges laid in relation to the majority of armed robbery cases this year.

Four cases, spread out through July and September this year, have eluded detectives so far.

"We are seeking assistance through the public via Crime Stoppers - someone in the community will know these people," Snr Sgt McQueen said.

"Investigations are continuing into these offences but we've got to solve them."

Police have released security footage stills of each of the offences.

The first involved a man entering a tavern on Redbank Plains Rd armed with a knife on July 5 this year. The offender demanded cash from staff about 6.20pm, with staff meeting the man's demands.

He fled on foot. The offender was described as 180cm tall with a proportionate build.

The second of the unsolved armed robberies occurred at the 7-Eleven service station on Ash St, Flinders View on July 18.

About 7.50pm a man armed with a baseball bat demanded money from the till. The man was given some cash before fleeing.

He was described as Caucasian, about 175cm tall and wearing a dark jumper, maroon pants, a balaclava and sneakers. He was carrying a backpack.

The third robbery was reported on July 27 this year at the Night Owl convenience store in Springfield Lakes.

A man and woman entered the Springfield Lakes Boulevard store about 10.15pm, with the man producing a firearm and demanding money.

Both offenders fled with cash and cigarettes.

The man was described as approximately 175cm tall, of medium build with tanned skin.

The woman was described as approximately 165cm tall, of medium build with tanned skin and multi-coloured hair.

The final unsolved crime involved a man armed with a machete threatening staff and demanding money at a Kruger Pde business on September 3.

A staff member chased the man armed with a machete and a second offender away with a stick and no money was stolen.

The first man was described as 185-190cm tall, of average build.

The second man was described as 168cm tall of average build and was wearing black clothing.

Snr Sgt McQueen said it was important to note that the unsolved robberies were spread out over a significant period of time and did not constitute a spate of offences.

Up to July 31 this year, Ipswich district police had investigated 25 armed robbery cases, trending slightly higher than the 36 cases reported for the previous calendar year.

"We have solved a significant number of armed robberies this year and we are continuing to solve them," he said.

"It's important that these offenders don't think they've got away with it, just because they didn't get caught straight away."

Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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