Burglars rob pub but leave their girlfriends in the getaway car

Posted: April 10, 2012 in Wacky News

TWO “dumb and dumber” burglars who threatened a cleaner and the assistant manager of a Queensland pub with a fake syringe before taking off with $41,000, could be caught sooner rather than later after they left their girlfriends in the car, parked in plain view of a security camera.

The entire frightening stick-up, which left a 21-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man in hospital, was captured on Ipswich City Council’s CCTV camera footage.

Police said the two men entered the Irish Heart Hotel on Queen St at Goodna, west of Brisbane, while it was still closed at 7.45am today.

Once inside, they assaulted a 46-year-old man, who was cleaning the premises in preparation for the day’s trade, punching him several times in the face.

The two men then approached the 21-year-old assistant manager of the pub, threatening her with a fake syringe while trying to take money from the counter.

A short struggle ensued as the young woman tried to fight the two men off, and one of the men grabbed her by the throat and struck her in the face.

Both employees were tied up with cable ties while the men stole the weekend’s takings – thought to be $41,000 – and fled on foot to their car.

Police said the pair jumped into a “small white car’’, where their girlfriends were waiting for them, and took off down Alice Street towards Camira.

Ipswich City Council councillor Paul Tully said the getaway car was parked right outside his front office, just 100m up the road from the pub.

He said the armed robbery was captured on Safe City cameras outside his Goodna electorate office.

“These thugs deserve a long stint in jail rather than a tap over the wrists with a feather which is usually what the courts do,’’ he said.

He said the Irish Heart Hotel was closed for the rest of the day.

Ambulance paramedics treated the 46-year-old cleaner for significant bruising and cuts to his face while the young manager was treated for a headache and bruising.

Both employees were taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital for treatment.

Source – news.com.au

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