Jorge Branco, 05 April 2016

Police are hunting an armed and presumably well-fed robber who smashed his way out of a service station on the Gold Coast.

The man, believed to be about 20 years old, threatened an attendant at a BP in Helensvale with a machete about 4am but left with nothing but a few pies and sausage rolls, police said.

It wasn’t known whether he took any sauce, which by rights should have been free anyway.

Senior Sergeant Andrew Godbold said the man demanded money from the 44-year-old cashier, who fled to a back room, causing the station doors to automatically lock the robber inside.

“The offender’s then smashed the glass window of the door with a shifting spanner,” the Coomera police station Officer-in-charge said.

He said another man seen inside the shop at the time may have been a co-offender. Both men fled down Discovery Drive at Helensvale after the incident.

The wanted man was Caucasian, about 20 years old and 180 centimetres tall with a slim build. He was wearing all black, including a balaclava or T-shirt over his face, at the time.

Senior Sergeant Godbold said police had one particular suspect in mind but were asking for anyone who saw anything to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 FREE.

Meanwhile, South Brisbane police were hunting two men wanted after an unrelated service station robbery about two hours earlier.

Police said they entered the Manly Road, Manly West, business about 2am and threatened the male attendant with a shard of glass, demanding cigarettes.

Extracted in full from the Brisbane Times.