Police seek pokie bandit

POLICE are looking for a thief who has been stealing loose change from unattended pokie machines.

The latest incident, in which a pokie player had money stolen from his reserved pokie machine, happened last Friday at Gympie's Jockey Club.

A 53-year-old man took a break from playing the pokies about 4.30pm and left about $40 in credit on the machine.

He placed a reserved sign on the screen while he went outside for a cigarette and when he returned the money was gone. During his break, a person, believed to be a man, retrieved the credit and left the premises. Witnesses said he left in a red Commodore sedan.

The pokie player returned to his machine to find all his credit had been taken. He reported the matter to the venue manager, who contacted police.

In other police matters, a drink driver was arrested in Imbil on Wednesday at the intersection of Kandanga-Imbil and Ballard Rds. The driver, a 48-year-old female, was breath-tested and recorded a blood alcohol concentration of .141%.

She was immediately suspended from driving for 24 hours and will face court on a charge of drink driving.

Detectives from Deception Bay CIB are seeking information from the public that could assist investigations into the armed robbery of a Burpengary bakery on July 10.

A man and a woman entered the Buckley Rd store, produced a firearm and demanded the attendant open the cash register. They stole a quantity of cash and food.

The pair was last seen getting into a white Holden Commodore with false Queensland registration plates parked nearby.

The man is described as Caucasian with a tanned complexion, gaunt face, skinny build and dark short hair.

He was aged about 35 and about 175cm tall. He was wearing dark pants and a large dark coloured jacket.

The woman was Caucasian, aged about 25 and about 170cm tall with a solid build. She was wearing a black beanie and a jacket.

Gympie Times


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