Robber armed with 'blood-filled syringe'
AN armed robber who used a blood-filled syringe to hold up three southern Gold Coast shops and a shop at Nerang struck again on Tuesday.
A 50-year-old woman at an Ashmore ATM was the latest target of the robber.
Gold Coast Taskforce Resolve Detective Sergeant Mick Bolin said the description and circumstances at each armed robbery were similar, and the same man targeted shops at Mudgeeraba, Palm Beach, Robina and Nerang in the last week.
"At this stage it appears that the crimes are linked," he said.
Detectives have ruled out a copycat.
"His appearance is quite distinctive, he is of a small frame it appears that he is been affected by drugs by his appearance," Det Sgt Bolin said.
"It does appear that he is targeting the softer targets so to speak."
Det Sgt Bolin said the police were taking these incidences seriously because diseases a syringe can carry can be fatal.
Police described the man as being aged in his late 30s but looking older, 160cm tall, with pasty skin and bad teeth.
Taskforce Resolve detectives said employees should report any suspicious behavior from a man wearing a cap, sunglasses, loose clothing and has hands in his pockets around shops.