POLICE are searching for an armed bandit who cut free a cash register during a robbery at a Willowbank convenience store yesterday.
The man entered the Willowbank Convenience Store and Takeaway at 7.20am, only five minutes after Hui Wang and her husband arrived for work.
Mrs Wang was behind the counter of the O'Neills Road store when the man entered, carrying a black bag.
He placed the bag next to the register, removed a knife and demanded cash from Mrs Wang.
She backed away and the suspect grabbed the register, cut the power cord with the knife and left.
She said the robbery lasted five minutes, all while her husband was out the back of the store.
While not physically harmed during the robbery, Mrs Wang was left shaken by her ordeal.
"He put the bag on the bench and then he pulled out the knife," she said.
"He scared me with the knife first. He cut it and just tried to take it."
It is the first time the shop has been robbed since the couple began operating the store eight years ago.
Ipswich CIB Detective Sergeant Dan Morgan said witnesses saw the man leaving the store in a white Toyota Corolla hatch, believed to be a Seca model.
The car was occupied by a lone man, believed to be the suspect, he said.
It was described as having alloy wheels and possibly tinted windows.
Police were examining security footage of the robbery in the hope of identifying the suspect.
The car was last seen with no number plates driving along Walloon-Karrabin Rd, overtaking vehicles at high speed just before 8am.
Det Sgt Morgan said witnesses reported seeing the back of the car loaded with goods.
"The back seat and boot area, the seats were down and full of property," he said.
The man was described at the time of the offence as wearing a black baseball cap and black jacket.
The man is described as being caucasian, possibly tanned in appearance, approximately 185cm tall with a proportionate build and aged in his late 20s or early 30s.
Witnesses said he had whispery facial hair and scruffy curly brown hair protruding from under his cap.
Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
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