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Melba bandits

By johnboy - 14 September 2013 5

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ACT Policing is investigating an aggravated robbery which occurred in Melba in the early hours of this morning (Saturday, September 14).

About 1.30am, a white Hyundai Excel approached the front of the 7/11 store and a man exited the vehicle. He then kicked and forced his way into the store.

Upon seeing this, a staff member sought refuge in a staff room at the back of the store before the offender attempted to unsuccessfully force his way into the room.

The offender then climbed the counter and took a small sum of cash. A second offender then entered the store to assist the man before they both fled.

The first offender was wearing a grey hooded jumper, black tracksuit pants, and a black bandana to cover his face.

The second male was wearing a white hooded jumper, dark Adidas tracksuit pants and concealed his face.

Anyone who was in the vicinity of Melba 7/11 at the time of the incident and may be able to assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.
Please see attached CCTV images of the offenders.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Melba bandits
BimboGeek 12:20 am 17 Sep 13

If you’ve used a couple of registers it doesn’t take more than a few seconds to find out how to get a new one open. It isn’t a command prompt, just a big button marked “no sale”…

These guys are obviously packing a few more brain cells than the average thief since they actually managed to cover their faces.

melon1234 7:04 pm 16 Sep 13

curlylocks said :

Either this is an inside job and they know where the NO Sale button is on the register (as it would probably take a while to find it on the keypad if you were unfamiliar) Or the staff leave the cash drawers either unlocked or with a key in the register cash draw.

almost all electronic cash drawers have a manual release button located on them. It’s designed to enable the drawer to be opened in the event the electronic release doesn’t work. That’s then what the lock is for, because it means neither option works. That’s assuming they have the key to the lock.

end of the day self preservation is what’s advertised to employees in jobs like this, so locking yourself in the back room makes sense.

nice spot though Gerry!

johnboy 4:50 pm 16 Sep 13

A pair of scissors used to work fine as a register key back in the long long ago I was doing such jobs.

curlylocks 4:47 pm 16 Sep 13

What I do not understand is that this is the 2nd 7/11 to be robbed in the last week and they have all gone and grabbed the cash themselves ( I am assuming from the register) Either this is an inside job and they know where the NO Sale button is on the register (as it would probably take a while to find it on the keypad if you were unfamiliar) Or the staff leave the cash drawers either unlocked or with a key in the register cash draw.

Gerry-Built 3:39 pm 16 Sep 13

shouldn’t be too hard to find an older model (’92-’94) white two-door Hyundai with mismatched hubcaps… probably stolen, though :/

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