TUGUN fruit shop owner James O?Reilly defended his takings with his own knife after a knife-wielding bandit attempted to steal
TUGUN fruit shop owner James O?Reilly defended his takings with his own knife after a knife-wielding bandit attempted to steal

Robber beaten at own game

By MADELEINE DOHERTY

IT WAS a Crocodile Dundee moment at Tugun Fruit and Flower Shop yesterday morning when the owner retaliated with his knife after being threatened by an armed robber with a domestic carving knife.

Owner of the Tugun Fruit and Flower Shop on Golden Four Drive, James O'Reilly had just finished serving an elderly lady when a man entered the shop at around 8.45am.

"I was just about to close the till when this bloke who looked like an a...hole, put his hand into the drawer of the till," Mr O'Reilly said.

"We then had some discussion on the situation because I had closed the till and his hand was jammed in it. "The discussion consisted of him yelling at me but I couldn't understand him. Then he pulled out a domestic carving knife, so I let his hand go.

"But I have a big knife too, so I went and got it and took off after him. If I had found him I would have killed him," Mr O'Reilly said.

"He didn't get much money because I had cleared the till before he came in."

Mr O'Reilly did not see the other robber, who was the driver of the escape vehicle, a Volvo.

Police believe the same robbers who, later in the morning at 10.45am, hit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

One robber had waited until the area was clear of park guests then approached a staff member in the turnstile booth and produced a weapon that had been concealed in a T-shirt.

The staff member gave him a small amount of money then the robber made a getaway on foot across Tomewin Street where he had a car waiting.

Witnesses reported the armed robber to be Caucasian, mid-30s to 40 years of age, about 168 cm, extremely suntanned, a heavily tattooed arm, a beard, reddish skin, blonde hair going grey and wearing an orange cap.

Police said the robbers escaped in a 1989 blue Volvo, registration number 836 IQP. The number plate had been painted over.

The Volvo was last seen leaving Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and then driving down Guiness Road.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the vehicle or identity of the offenders should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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