UPDATE: Breakthrough in Rocky supermarket robbery
THURSDAY 1PM: A 19-year-old man has been arrested for the attempted robbery of a grocery store in Rockhampton on Tuesday night.
Police arrested and charged the man on Wednesday with one count of enter premise with intent and one count of attempted robbery after he attempted to rob an IGA in Park Avenue armed with a hammer.
He was said to be acting in a threatening and menacing manner when he demanded a female staff member give him money from the cash register.
The man was chased out of the store by a staff member with a mop before he was able to get any money.
Police cordoned off an area near the Main St store hoping to find the offender before he got away but they were unsuccessful.
The man is expected to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on November 11.
WEDNESDAY 12.20PM: A WOULD be thief was chased out of the store he was trying to rob by a staff member brandishing a mop.
Entering the Main St IGA in Park Avenue around 8.50pm on Tuesday night armed with a hammer, the offender approached the female teller and demanded money from the till.
Acting in what has been described as a threatening and menacing manner, the man continued to demand cash from the staff member until he was interrupted by another member of staff who had previously been carrying out cleaning duties.
Arming himself with a mop, the member of staff came to his colleagues defence and chased the offender out of the store.
Police set up a cordon in the area in the hopes of catching the offender, described as being clad in an all black outfit, with their facial features covered.
Detective Sergeant Simon Barclay said the cordon was unsuccessful and the offender appears to have escaped.
"Investigations are ongoing at this stage," he said.
"Police are very keen to speak with anyone who has information in relation to this offence, anyone who was in the area at the time and anyone with dashcam footage."
Police are continuing to review CCTV footage from the area.
10AM: STAFF at a Rockhampton grocery store were left frightened after a person armed with a hammer attempted to rob the store they were working in overnight.
Queensland Police confirmed a person entered the Main St IGA in Park Avenue around 8.40pm on Tuesday night, carrying a weapon that is believed to be a hammer.
The person demanded cash from staff in a threatening and menacing manner, according to police.
The person then fled the store in a hurry in an unknown location.
No one was injured during the attempted robbery and the man is not believed to have gotten away with any money.
Police say no one is in custody at this stage and investigations are continuing.
More will be known at a later stage when police speak with local media this morning.
More to follow.