Melissa Maddison

Police say three people who were in a Mackay service station in north Queensland when it was held up on Tuesday night are deeply traumatised.

Two men entered the Caltex on Malcomson Street about 11:00pm (AEST), armed with what appeared to be a handgun, and demanded cash.

A male attendant complied and after taking cash the men left the store.

There were two members of the public there at the time. None of the three were physically injured.

Police are reviewing closed-circuit TV footage and looking into whether there is any link to a robbery at Kuttabul, north-west of Mackay, last week.

Detective Senior Sergeant David Tucker said the hold-up was very concerning.

“Any offence that involves a weapon is particularly worrying to police,” he said.

“We don’t care whether that firearm was a replica or real, the potential and the risk to our community is just totally unacceptable.”

Detective Senior Tucker said there were similarities to the Kuttabul robbery.

“There are similarities being there are two male persons who have committed both offences but that’s about all we have at the moment but as I say it’s certainly an integral part of our investigation to establish whether the two incidents are linked,” he said.

The first man is described as Caucasian in appearance, with a slim build and wearing a black hoodie and light coloured long pants.

The second man is described as Caucasian in appearance, with a slim build and wearing a dark hoodie and dark below-knee-length shorts.

Police are seeking help from the community to identify the two men.

Extracted in full from ABC News.