Two armed robberies at opposite ends of the Coast
TWO men who held up a Maryborough hotel at gunpoint this morning are on the run from police.
Police have confirmed the men made off with cash after using a tomahawk and a gun during an armed robbery at the Old Sydney Hotel about 4am.
The hotel on the corner of Richmond and Ellena streets was open at the time of the robbery and the cash register was taken.
Police have also confirmed that a second hotel was robbed overnight.
At midnight a man with a knife made off with cash from the Kondari Hotel at Urangan.
Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Polit said the crimes were possibly related.
Police investigations are continuing.
The Chronicle has spoken to one man who claims he saw suspicious activity around the Old Sydney Hotel close to the time of the alleged robbery.
Billy McCracken, who works at the neighbouring Bee Market fruit and vegetable store, claims to have seen a blue car driving out of Richmond St close to 3.50am.
"I didn't think anything of it at the time but it had its lights off and was driving away," Mr McCracken told the Chronicle.
"It wasn't until the police came that everything clicked to me.
"It's the first bit of action here I've seen in quite a while, things had really quietened down here."
Others have also expressed shock at this morning's alleged robbery.
Police are still searching for the culprits after they allegedly made off with cash from the popular Maryborough venue.
Amy Keane, a supervisor from the nearby Lincraft, said it was concerning for the store's female employees.
"We're all women employees here so we're a bit worried for our safety," she said.
"Whereas other businesses only have one person on while closing up, we have two on for security."