ARMED Crime Squad detectives are investigating an armed robbery at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club last Saturday night, November 19.
Police have been told a man wearing a balaclava and armed with a firearm, entered the club on Graham Street about 11.40pm.
It is believed the man threatened staff before making demands for cash.
Cash was handed over and the offender fled the scene.
According to Bass Coast Eyewatch: “The male ran from the venue with an amount of cash via the rear entrance. Police would like to praise the staff on duty at the time who acted in a very professional manner.”
No-one was injured during the incident.
It has since been reported that the alleged offender removed his balaclava as he was leaving the club and that his image may have been captured on surveillance equipment at the rear of the premises.
Police would not confirm or deny this report but conceded they were viewing CCTV footage following the incident.
Although there have also been credible local reports that police have interviewed someone in relation to the incident, and also that they have a man in custody, Melbourne Police said yesterday, they did not have a suspect in custody.
“At this stage the investigation remains ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment further,” said a spokesperson for police.
“Anyone that may have witnessed the armed robbery or has information, is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.”
The welfare of staff at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club is the only priority of management at the moment.
Police coy on armed bandit