31 May 2010

Video Ezy Redbank Plains robber caught on security tape

POLICE have released security footage from a Redbank Plains video  store to help track down the man who robbed terrified staff.

The man enters the video store.

POLICE have released security footage from a Redbank Plains video store to help track down the man who robbed terrified staff.

Detectives investigating the robbery hope seeing the images will jog the memory of anyone who saw the man or knows who he is.

Ipswich CIB Detective Constable Jamie Housman said the man went into the Video Ezy store on Shannon Street about 8.30pm Friday.

Const Housman said the man approached the two female employees at the front and ordered the women to hand him the money from the cash register.

"There was no direct threat and no weapon was produced but the attendants have reason to believe he was armed," Const Housman said.

"The two staff members were quite young – one is only 17 – so they are both understandably quite upset."

He said the man walked out of the store through the front entrance with an undisclosed sum of cash.

"No-one was in the store at the time, but he was seen entering the store," he said.

He was last seen jogging south along Redbank Plains Road before crossing over into a laneway leading to Denise Court.

He is described as being Caucasian in appearance, about 25-year-old, about 180cm tall, with light brown or sandy-coloured hair and blue eyes.

He was wearing a maroon jacket and light-coloured pants and holding a white plastic Video Ezy bag.

"Someone's going to look at what he is wearing and the time of night this happened and they're going to know this bloke," Snr Const Housman said yesterday.

"We're in the process of producing a Comfit and coming up with clearer security images.

"We did a door-knock of the area where he was last seen but that hasn't turned up any more information as yet.

"We also spoke to witnesses, including the two staff members, and have taken statements."

Const Housman declined to comment on the motive for the robbery or whether it was a random or well-planned offence.

The manager of the Redbank Plains Video Ezy was not available for comment yesterday.

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or 24 hours a day.
Information can be provided anonymously and a reward may apply in cases where information leads to a conviction.

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