Armed robbers have struck four Toowoomba businesses within a week with the most recent attacks coming just minutes apart.

Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Paul McCusker said a man armed with an axe entered the Caltex service station at the intersection of James and Ruthven Sts about 2am yesterday.

He fled the scene with cash.

The United Fuels service station at the top of the Toowoomba range crossing was the next target.

“The second incident occurred a few minutes later at a Cohoe St business with a man brandishing an unknown object at the attendant,” Detective Senior Sergeant McCusker said.

“The attendant retreated away from the counter and the man attempted without success to open the cash drawer.

“The man then fled the store, damaging the entry doors in the process.”

He said the incidents were believed to be linked.

The offender in both incidents is believed to be between 165-180cm tall and of average build.

No one was injured in the robberies.

The incidents came after a man brandishing a knife held up the Wilsonton Hotel in the early hours of Friday morning.

A knife was also used when a man robbed the 7-Eleven service station at the intersection of Mackenzie and Perth Sts about 5.30am on Monday last week.

Det. Snr Sgt McCusker said the offenders were still being sought.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

Extracted in full from Toowoomba Chronicle