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Knife wielding robber fended off with a broom and crate

Canberra Times logo Canberra Times 26/05/2014 Henry Belot

An armed robber has been chased out of a Canberra store by two workers brandishing a broom and a crate.

Police say the man entered the shopping complex on Blamey Place in Campbell about 2.50pm on Sunday, wielding a large knife and demanding cash from the staff.

His demands were rejected by staff members who used the broom and the crate before the man eventually reached over the counter and stole the entire cash register.

Police say man then fled the store carrying the cash register and was chased by a member of the public down White Crescent.

The accused man then dropped the cash register on the ground, breaking it open. He then took a sum of cash from the tray and left the register at the scene.

Detective Superintendent Paul Shakeshaft said the actions of the staff were “spirited” but also very dangerous and could have ended in tragedy.

“Your life is worth more than the contents of a cash register,” he said.

"From a safety perspective, it is sensible to comply with the demands of an armed offender and remember as many details as you can and call triple-zero when it is safe to do so,” he said.

Police have described the man as Caucasian in appearance, around 175 centimetres tall with a solid build and blonde hair. At the time of the robbery he was wearing black shoes, grey jeans and a grey ‘hoodie’.

Police are urging anyone with information about the aggravated robbery to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided anonymously.

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