‘Polite bandit’ strikes twice

A Perth pharmacist has praised the composure of his staff after his pharmacy was targeted twice by the same knife-wielding robber.

WA police are currently investigating two armed robberies which occurred this month at the Harvest Lakes Chemmart in Atwell, WA, in which a man dubbed the “polite bandit” by the West Australian twice demanded cash.

“He first showed up on Sunday the fourth,” partner Luke Edmunds told the AJP. “We had our three staff members on, and he came in with his hoodie and his mask, demanding cash with a knife.

“The staff members at the time were very cool, calm and collected – they did what he wanted, gave him the cash, locked up and called the police.

“The police were here within minutes with a helicopter, the dog squad and everything. We had some great footage of him, so we were able to give that to them.”

Yesterday the man reappeared at the pharmacy, again demanding cash, which he was given. Staff were again unhurt.

“My staff handled it really well and just did as they were asked. I have the highest praise for them,” Edmunds said.

He also said he was surprised that the man did not ask for drugs.

“We thought that was a bit odd. But I guess people do get desperate for cash.

“We don’t keep much cash here, though, so in the end he only got about $200 each time.”

Police are looking for a man described as olive-skinned, 20 to 30 years old with a medium build, approximately 170-175cm tall and facial hair.

Anyone with information in relation to these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

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