An armed robber dropped his gun and ran when police arrived at the Karalee service station he was holding up.

Police say the man, armed with a firearm, entered the service station on Junction Road just before 9am.

When police arrived the man allegedly dropped the weapon and fled on foot.

A cordon was established near the Warrego Highway while police conducted a search of the area, but the man could not be found.

Investigations are continuing. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via

Extracted in full from the Brisbane TImes.