The thief escaped with a large sum of money from the Kirra Surf Life Saving Club.
The thief escaped with a large sum of money from the Kirra Surf Life Saving Club. Scott Powick

Armed robber threatens club staff

A MALE staff member was threatened at gun-point during an armed robbery at the Kirra Surf Life Saving Club on Sunday night.

The surf club employee was about to lock the rear doors just before midnight DST when he was confronted by a man armed with a hand gun.

The man threatened the worker and demanded cash.

The worker was forced to open a safe and the thief placed the money it held in a satchel bag he was carrying.

The armed man then forced the worker to attempt to break open an ATM inside the club, but he was unable to do so.

The offender then fled on foot and was last seen walking north, before crossing Marine Pde towards Miles St.

Detective Inspector Brian Swan, from the Southern Investigative Group Gold Coast CIB, said the man was described as being in his mid-30s, 185cm tall, medium build and wearing a balaclava over his face.

He was also described as wearing dark blue jeans, a long-sleeved grey shirt and white shoes.

“The 42-year-old worker was distressed by the incident but not injured.

“It is understood by police that he was the only staff member present at the time,” Det Insp Swan said.

“It would appear the offender had some knowledge of the workings of the club, and waited for members of the public to leave and for only one person to be present.

“It would appear the offender is a stranger to the victim and he effectively disguised himself with a balaclava.”

Det Insp Swan said a significant amount of money was stolen from the Kirra venue.

“After the alarm was raised, the dog squad tracked the offender north along Marine Pde and lost the track along the roadway.”

Anyone with information that could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.



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