Knife threat at convenience store
A FEMALE shop attendant was allegedly threatened by a Gympie teenager brandishing a 20cm knife during an armed robbery on Wednesday night.
Gympie Criminal Investigation Branch Officer in Charge, Senior Sergeant Gregg Davey said the thief walked into Gingers Fruit, Vegetable and Convenience Store on Gympie’s Southside about 7pm and demanded cash.
He allegedly held the knife to the woman’s throat, who was working on display items.
Police said the knife carrying thief then forced the worker over to the cash register.
Wearing a black cloth covering his head and face, the offender obtained a sum of cash from the female employee before fleeing the Power Road store on foot.
It is believed he then ran off into a vacant lot behind the convenience store, where it is thought he discarded the knife.
On Wednesday night police crawled over every inch of the alleged crime scene looking for shreds of evidence that could help to find the perpetrator.
Forensic officers dusted for fingerprints while others searched for the weapon.
Snr Sgt Davey said the Sunshine Coast Dog Squad was called in to try and locate the thief and after searching for two hours had not located him.
But through a number of inquiries Gympie detectives were able to locate a suspect early yesterday morning.
By yesterday afternoon it was business as usual at Ginger’s with another female staff member manning the convenience store.
Zane James Loveridge, 17, appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon charged with robbery while armed with actual violence.
Loveridge of Lasinadra Court, Southside did not apply for bail or enter a plea and was remanded in custody until Monday morning when it is expected he will apply for bail.
Ginger’s management declined to comment yesterday.