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UPDATE: Police make more arrests after armed robbery

UPDATE, 6.30PM: Three men believed to have been involved in an armed robbery at Park Avenue on Monday night have been taken into custody by police.

As well as a 17-year-old boy, a 24-year-old man and an 18-year-old man have been arrested.

Charges have not yet been made.

UPDATE, 4.40PM: A 17-year-old boy has been taken into custody in relation to an armed robbery at Park Avenue last night.

The incident occurred at IGA on Main Street at 9.55pm, with two men entering the store armed with hunting knives and carrying a bag.

The pair made off with over $400 cash and about $200 worth of cigarettes.

No charges have yet been made but police are working with the boy to identify the other man involved.

More to come.

2PM: POLICE remain on the hunt for two men who allegedly robbed a Park Avenue convenience store Monday night while armed with hunting knives.

At 9.55pm, police were called to reports of an armed robbery at IGA on Main Street.

Two men allegedly entered the store, armed with hunting knives and carrying a bag, and threatened a 21-year-old male employee for cash and cigarettes.

The employee complied and handed over $400 cash and about $200 worth of cigarettes.

No one was physically injured during the offence.

Both men had their faces covered and were wearing light coloured hooded jackets, gloves and long pants.

This was not the first time a convenience store on Main St had been targeted by armed robbers.

IGA was targeted back on October 15 and FoodWorks was also hit on June 23 and November 20, with police still investigating the latter.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant of Rockhampton Criminal Investigation Branch Kevin Mawdsley said this was a concern for police and employees who work in these convenience stores.

“The victim was quite ­shaken, and we will offer him any support services he may require,” Detective Snr Sgt Mawdsley said.

“Park Avenue IGA, like other convenience stores in Rockhampton open at that time of night, can be targeted by offenders.

“Police always remind those businesses to be vigilant and check to make sure security their security processes are as best as they can be, so these types of things don’t happen in the future.”

Det Snr Sgt Mawdsley said Monday night’s alleged offending was not similar to other armed robberies in the Rockhampton region in recent months.

However, he said police were not ruling anything out at this stage.

The offenders remain at large, and police investigations are continuing.

Anyone with any information that could assist with the investigation is asked to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au.

Quote this reference number: QP1902599301

INITIAL: POLICE are hunting for two men who allegedly robbed a Park Avenue convenience store last night while armed.

At 9.55pm, police were called to reports of an armed robbery at a convenience store on Main St.

Two men allegedly entered the store, armed with knives, and threatened a male attendant before fleeing with cigarettes and a sum of cash. No one was physically injured.

Both men had their faces covered and were wearing light coloured hooded jackets.

The offenders remain at large, and police investigations are continuing.

Anyone with any information that could assist with the investigation is asked to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au.

Quote this reference number: QP1902599301