POLICE are investigating an armed robbery and an attempted armed robbery at Hope Island this morning.

At 12:20am two men tried to enter the Freedom service station on Broadwater Avenue but were unsuccessful when the attendant locked the doors when he saw the men approach with their faces covered.

The worker, in his mid 30s, said he was terrified as the men became angry and began smashing the doors, which shook to the point of almost breaking or giving way.

The man, who was still on shift when he spoke with the Gold Coast Bulletin, said when the armed bandits saw he was on the phone to police they picked up a rock and threw it at a window, almost shattering the glass.

About 500m down the road 20 minutes later the same two men managed get into a 7-Eleven service station on Broadwater Avenue before threatening a male employee with a knife and demanding money and cigarettes.

The employee complied with their demands and the two men fled the scene on foot with a quantity of cash and cigarettes.

Walid Javaid, a security guard, said the men got away with $400 cash but caused about $2000 worth of damage, which didn’t include the closure of the service station.

It is understood the men broke a window at 7-Eleven causing the one of them to bleed so police now have the man’s DNA.

Police said the employee was not physically injured during the robbery.

The first man is described as caucasian in appearance, approximately 177cm tall, of a medium build and aged in his late teens to early 20s.

He was last seen wearing a black jacket with large white Nike “tick” on it and blue shorts.

The second man is described as caucasian in appearance aged in his late teens to early 20s and was last seen wearing a black and white checked hoodie and carrying a Nike bag.

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