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Gympie grandma held up at knife point

DO NOT MESS WITH THIS NANA: Doreen Murray wasn’t having a bar of an armed robber on Monday night.
DO NOT MESS WITH THIS NANA: Doreen Murray wasn’t having a bar of an armed robber on Monday night. Patrick Woods

AN ANGRY grandmother's quick thinking stopped an armed robber in his tracks on Monday night.

Convenience store owner Doreen Murray said she was infuriated when a masked man brandished a knife at her and demanded money and cigarettes.

Mrs Murray, who has owned the AUR Express 24hr Convenience Store near McDonald's for the past five years, was about to go home at 10.15pm when she looked up to see a man tapping a 20cm knife on the counter.

"I was just getting ready to leave," Mrs Murray said yesterday.

"A young guy went to the counter (he was) tapping the counter (saying) 'give me your money'.

"I tried not to get too close; I knew he had a knife.

"He had a deep voice.

"He came in so quick.

"I didn't have the time to be frightened. I was just angry."

CAUGHT ON FILM: Spliced images from CCTV footage of the attempted hold-up.
CAUGHT ON FILM: Spliced images from CCTV footage of the attempted hold-up.

Instead of bending to the man's requests, Mrs Murray backed away from the armed robber, picked up a wooden baton and hit a panic alarm behind the counter.

Mrs Murray didn't back down when the man made a run for it either. Instead she launched the baton at him. It is thought the baton may have hit the man's ankle.

Then Mrs Murray picked up the baton and went outside to see where the man had gone.

It is believed he ran down Hyne St in the direction of the netball courts.

Mrs Murray said the hold-up was the first one to happen at her shop since she took it over five years ago.

However, a former staff member said in the six years prior to Mrs Murray taking the shop on, it had been held up seven times.

Mrs Murray said she had tightened up security since owning the shop, and yesterday decided to upgrade her security cameras.

The attempted armed robber was caught on CCTV.

Images of the suspect have now been released and Detective Sergeant David Britton pointed out the alleged offender was wearing distinctive black and grey board shorts.

Det Sgt Britton said the suspect was believed to be Caucasian and in his mid-20s. He was wearing a dark hoodie with blue cloth covering his face. Anybody in the vicinity around the time of the incident, or anybody who may know the identity of the suspect can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Gympie Police on 5480 1111.

Gympie Times

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