‘Don’t move I have a weapon’: Arrest after pharmacy hold-up

A ROUTINE Monday morning turned traumatic for a Townsville pharmacist who was held at gun point for a stash of high-end prescription drugs worth thousands of dollars.

Chemmart Pharmacy Belgian Gardens owner Ash Agaibey said his staff were uninjured but still in shock after a middle-aged man allegedly threatened them with a concealed firearm about 8.30am this morning.

About 10.30am, police took a man into custody after intercepting a vehicle along Cape Cleveland Rd they believed was involved in the robbery.

 

Police intercept a vehicle believed to be involved in an armed robbery of a Belgian Gardens pharmacy.
Police intercept a vehicle believed to be involved in an armed robbery of a Belgian Gardens pharmacy.

 

 

The Bundock St pharmacy had just opened when a man dressed in a hoodie and high-vis vest walked through the front doors with a large black bag.

He demanded staff listen to his instructions as he threatened them with a suspected gun hidden inside a bag.

"He said 'don't move I have a weapon and I have people waiting outside'," Mr Agaibey said the man yelled.

The staff member reached for their mobile phone to call police, but the man snatched it from the counter.

Mr Agaibey said his staff followed the safety procedures and obeyed the man.

They went to the safe to get drugs he demanded and hit the duress alarm near the safe without his knowledge.

 

Police intercept a vehicle on Cape Cleveland Rd.
Police intercept a vehicle on Cape Cleveland Rd.

 

"He got away with about 60 per cent of the safe … it's a couple of thousands of dollars' worth of drugs," he said.

He fled as another staff member walked through the front doors and drove off in a white Toyota Rav 4.

Queensland Police were still hunting for the man as detectives scoured the crime scene for clues this morning.

Mr Agaibey said he was unfortunately used to the behaviour.

"This is the third time this has happened in seven years I've been here," he said.

"We are lucky though … it's not very smart to come to the pharmacy across the road from a police academy."

Mr Agaibey and his team were working this morning to determine how much stock the man had taken.



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