ACT Policing is seeking assistance from patrons who may be able to identify the man who robbed the Italo Australian Club in Forrest on Saturday, July 28.
About 11.35pm that night, the offender entered the club on Franklin Street and threatened a staff member with a hunting knife. The man stole a sum of cash and fled the club on foot.
Police have released CCTV which shows the offender within the club. It’s hoped that patrons may have seen this man in a black hooded top around the club before the robbery and may be able to provide police with witness statements.
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The man is described as Caucasian, approximately 183cm (6’) in height, with a stocky build and short black hair with blond tips. He was wearing a black hooded jumper and tracksuit pants, white sneakers and a black scarf. He spoke with a British accent and was carrying a blue sportsbag.
Detective Sergeant Craig Marriott from Criminal Investigations said police are urging people who were at the club late that night and remember this offender to contact Crime Stoppers. He also commended the staff member for complying with the armed man’s demands, thereby preventing anyone from being hurt.
“The staff member has undergone a terrifying experience and given the high levels of fear and emotion, did the right thing, and by doing so remained unharmed,” Detective Sergeant Marriott said.
Anyone who may have seen a man matching the description around the Italo Australian Club or surrounding area at the time, or may have information which could assist police with the investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.
[Courtesy ACT Policing]
UPDATE 29/08/12 21:28: Now with the video: