Renee Pilcher

Manhunt after violent robbery

A MANHUNT is under way to find the man responsible for a terrifying and violent robbery at a Gympie chemist shop on Friday afternoon, police confirmed yesterday.

The pharmacist was allegedly pistol-whipped with a weapon carried by the robber, who then fled the scene.

With a still-healing facial wound, the pharmacist was back at work yesterday but said he could not expand on information provided by police.

They said the man entered the Chemist Warehouse in Edwin Campion Dr on Friday about 3pm and approached a store attendant.

He produced a weapon and demanded medication.

“The offender then struck the attendant on the face with the weapon,” the police statement said.

The blow caused minor injuries.

“He again demanded medication and left the store after receiving the drugs,” police said in a written statement issued later on Friday night.

The attendant, who was the pharmacist on duty at the time, was taken by ambulance to Gympie Hospital and treated for a facial gash.

He was discharged soon afterwards.

Police conducted a search in nearby bushland between the business estate and the highway, but with no success.

They are also reviewing CCTV footage from the shop.

They are searching for a man who is described as being of Caucasian appearance.

He is said to be about 25 to 35 years old and is about 180cm tall with a proportionate build, a police spokeswoman said.

“At the time of the incident he was wearing a dark-coloured hooded top, black long trousers, white running shoes and was carrying a black bag,” she said.

Anyone with information about the armed robbery or which they believe could help the investigation is asked to call Gympie police on 5480 1111 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police had no new leads on the matter yesterday.

Gympie Times


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