Screwdriver used in failed robbery

A MAN who tried to rob a Coolangatta restaurant and threatened staff with a screwdriver was placed under citizens arrest.

The 32-year-old Gold Coast man was detained by witnesses after trying to open a cash drawer at Waves restaurant on Wednesday.

About 6pm (DST), the man entered the Griffith Street business and tried to open the cash drawer of a pool table.

A Queensland police spokeswoman said the man was trying to use the screwdriver to open the draw, but when he was approached by staff he allegedly threatened them with the tool before fleeing.

The offender was chased by witnesses who held him back before police arrived.

The man was due to face Southport Magistrates Court yesterday on a number of charges including assault occasioning bodily harm, enter premises with intent, attempted armed robbery and assault police.



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