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Patron takes on armed bandit

The armed bandit who held-up a hotel at Withcott captured on CCTV.
The armed bandit who held-up a hotel at Withcott captured on CCTV. Dave Noonan

A ROBBER who broke into the Withcott Hotel wielding a mattock got more than he bargained for when a patron fought back.

The hotel's CCTV camera captured the intruder trying to break into the pub's office about 10.46pm yesterday as staff were closing up.

The female bar attendant came across the intruder, her startled cry prompting the lone patron in the bar to come to her aid.

Seeing the offender holding a mattock, the patron grabbed a chair which he swung at him.

The pair then engaged in a duel of chair versus mattock handle until the intruder further armed himself with a fire extinguisher, the contents of which he emptied onto his opponent.

As the patron cleared the extinguisher dust from himself, the offender retreated into the office, took cash and fled the hotel.

Withcott Hotel owner Neil Simpson was at home but returned to the pub when told.

He praised his bar attendant and patron, both of whom declined to be named.

EARLIER: Police are investigating the armed robbery of a hotel at Withcott that took place last night.

Initial information suggests that about 10.30pm, a man has tried to gain access to the Warrego Hwy hotel through a door at the rear of the premises.

He has left and returned several minutes later with a mattock and has forced his way in through the door.

He has made demands for money from staff members, and they handed over a sum of cash.

During the robbery, a patron has received a minor injury to his head during a scuffle with the man.

No one else was physically injured as a result of the robbery.

The man is described as Caucasian in appearance, about 180cm tall and of a proportionate build.

He was last seen wearing black jeans, a dark blue hooded jacket, and a black baseball cap.

Police investigations are continuing.

Topics:  armed robbery, toowoomba police, withcott


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