Three knife wielding bandits were caught on camera as they robbed Bartletts Tavern.
Three knife wielding bandits were caught on camera as they robbed Bartletts Tavern.

Police release CCTV following 'disturbing' armed robbery

WEDNESDAY 10.15AM: QUEENSLAND Police have released the CCTV footage form two separate armed robberies in Rockhampton on Monday morning.

Three men armed with 'large' kitchen knives entered Bartletts Tavern shortly after 5am Monday morning and demanded cash from staff.

The three men were able to get away with an unknown amount of money as well as two cash tills.

After exiting Bartletts the men drove away in a van which, according to police, was stolen from Lawrence's Holden in North Rockhampton earlier that morning.

Around 5.30am Police and Fire services were alerted to a van on fire at a Park St address in Park Avenue.

The van was determined to be the same van used by the three men earlier that morning.

Police have today said there are no updates in the investigation.

Rockhampton Armed Robberies: Two separate armed robberies happen in south Rockhampton overnight. The Allenstown Hotel was robbed by one man, armed with a tyre iron and Bartletts Tavern was robbed by three men armed with kitchen knives.
Rockhampton Armed Robberies: Two separate armed robberies happen in south Rockhampton overnight. The Allenstown Hotel was robbed by one man, armed with a tyre iron and Bartletts Tavern was robbed by three men armed with kitchen knives.

11:30am: THREE men responsible for an early morning crime spree across Rockhampton this morning stole and torched a van following an armed robbery in south Rockhampton.

Around 5am this morning, the three men entered Bartletts Tavern on Kent St through an open door and threatened staff with large kitchen knives, demanding money from those behind the bar.

The staff complied with the demands of the men, handing over an undisclosed amount of money before the men also stole two cash tills.

Detective Senior Sargent Luke Peachey told media this morning that police are working with staff and witnesses who saw the three men leave the premises in a white van.

It was revealed the van used in the robbery was stolen earlier in the morning from Lawrence's Holden and later set on fire at a Park St address in Park Avenue.

Detective Peachey said the three men were scene leaving the scene of the fire after setting the car alight.

Having watched the CCTV footage from the robbery, Dt Peachey said he was concerned with the threatening behaviour demonstrated by the offenders.

"It is quite disturbing and very lucky that no person was injured," he said.

While no positive identifications have been made of the three offenders, police say they are hopeful the offenders will be caught swiftly.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1900837844

7:55am: QUEENSLAND Police have revealed more information surrounding the suspicious car fire in Park Avenue this morning.

At around 5am this morning three men armed with knives entered a tavern on Kent Street and demanded money.

The men, who were described as wearing black face masks as well as white, red, and grey hooded jumpers, escaped the premises in a white van with a sum of cash.

At around 5.20am the van was set alight on Park St in Park Avenue.

The people in the van fled the scene.

Police say it is still unknown at this stage if this robbery is connected with another that occurred around midnight at licensed premises on Upper Dawson Road.

Investigations are continuing.

7:15am: QUEENSLAND Police are investigating a car fire in Park Avenue earlier this morning.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were called to Park St in the North Rockhampton suburb about 5.10am, and upon arrival they found a mini-van smouldering.

The crew extinguished the fire in about five minutes and waited for QPS to arrive on scene.

QPS arrived at the scene after they received reports at around 5.30am of people wearing dark clothes seen leaving the scene of the car fire.

This is the second car to be destroyed by fire in Park Avenue in two weeks.

Police are continuing to investigate this incident.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1900837844