UPDATE: A MAN who threatened to shoot a hotel worker if he didn't hand over cash is being hunted by police.

The 27-year-old DeLacy's Hotel bottleshop attendant survived the terrifying ordeal by handing over a sum of cash after the offender waved a pistol in his face about 9.10pm Tuesday.

It is the second armed robbery at the Ruthven St business in the past six months, and owner John Anderson has had enough.

"It makes you wonder what the world is coming to and what type of characters there are around that go to this extreme to get stock or obtain cash," Mr Anderson said.

CCTV footage in the bottle shop at the rear of the Ruthven St hotel shows a man dressed in dark clothes walk into the store and go to the rear fridges.

He stood there looking at the items in the fridge, not touching anything, before building up the courage to approached the employee at the register.

John Anderson owner of DeLacys Hotel. The bottle shop was held up by armed robber.
John Anderson owner of DeLacys Hotel. The bottle shop was held up by armed robber. Nev Madsen

There, he pulled the gun, waved it in his face and demanded: "I need the cash, give me the cash or I will shoot you."

The worker then handed over a plastic bag filled with notes from the register before the robber fled the shop on foot.

"It's very frightening when you look at the footage," Mr Anderson said.

The hotel was targeted in July this year when two people, one armed with a machete, stormed into the shop only to be confronted by a staff worker.

"We can always replace (stock and money), but you can't replace good staff," he said.

The Tuesday night offender is described as a Caucasian male, about 170cm tall, of a slim build and in his late teens to early 20s.

Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Acting Sergeant Brian Collins urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.

"It's a very violent offence which we request all people working in retail areas to be security conscious and not to, in any way, attempt to fight off any possible offenders," he said.

7AM: POLICE are investigating the armed robbery of a hotel on Ruthven St in North Toowoomba overnight.

Initial investigations suggest about 9.15pm a man entered DeLacey's Hotel armed with what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money from a male staff member.

The staff member complied with the man's demands, handing over a sum of cash before the man fled the scene on foot.

Investigations suggest at around 9.15pm a man entered DeLacey's Hotel armed with what appeared to be a handgun.
Investigations suggest at around 9.15pm a man entered DeLacey's Hotel armed with what appeared to be a handgun.

Nobody was physically injured during the incident.

The man is described as Caucasian in appearance, about 170cm tall, of a slim build and aged in his late teens or early 20s.

Investigations are continuing.


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