Would-be robber shows shop owner 'big hunting knife'
A WOULD-BE robber, allegedly armed with a hunting knife, turned and left a Mt Pleasant store empty-handed after the owner stood up to his demands for cash.
Greenfields Shopping Centre Night Owl owner of three years Brian Perrin said the man, wearing sunglasses and a straw hat, walked into his store about 1.30pm Thursday and said "show me your cash, your notes".
When he refused, Mr Perrin said, the man opened his bag and "there was a big hunting knife in there".
The shop owner turned his back and walked away.
"I certainly wasn't going to hand him the cash. I had no notes in there anyhow, I told him and he didn't believe me," Mr Perrin said.
"(I walked away) because I knew he wouldn't move away. I was walking away while watching him.
"He wasn't going to jump the counter, it was too high to jump over there.
"If he was going to approach me he would have had to run around here (behind the counter) to do that.
"And I was about to go get the chair to whack him anyhow.
"He just showed me it. If he was serious he would have threatened me with it."
A Queensland Police spokesman confirmed the man had fled the scene without taking any property or cash.
About 1.50pm at Sarina, police attempted to intercept a vehicle, however, they were unsuccessful.
No one was injured during the incident.
When police officers arrived at the Night Owl to investigate they closed the store for more than an hour.
Detectives visited nearby businesses to try to locate CCTV, while two uniformed officers guarded the door. Customers were turned away.
The owners said the convenience had been held up in August this year.
If you have information phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Earlier: POLICE are on the scene of a reported attempted armed robbery at a convenience store at Greenfields Shopping Centre.
Three police crews are currently at the Night Owl investigating, after reports a man dressed in a wide-brimmed straw hat, white singlet and board shorts allegedly came into the store with a hunting knife.
It doesn't appear the man was successful in getting away with cash or goods.
Shop-goers are being turned away from the store.
Workers at Chinese restaurant the Panda House were in the kitchen at the back of the store when they heard what they described as a loud scream.
When they went outside to investigate, they saw nothing.
In a separate incident in August this year, the same convenience store was allegedly robbed by man armed with a machete.
More to come.