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Search for armed man after robbery in Croydon

Posted by: Ellen Feely | 8 January, 2013 - 10:35 AM
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An allegedly armed man is believed to be on the run after robbing a gaming venue in Croydon just before 10am today.

Victoria Police superintendent Graeme Arthur told Steve Vizard two armed men stormed the Dorset Gardens Hotel on Dorset Road at around 9:45am today.

Supt Arthur said the Police arrived at the scene while the robbery was in progress, with the offenders fleeing the scene in a vehicle which was dumped soon after.

"(A) foot chase ensued and one offender was captured by Police," he said.

"And a second offender pointed a firearm at Police who backed off and the area was locked down."

Supt Arthur said the elusive gunman was seen scaling a number of backyard fences in the process of evading apprehension, with 'one brave individual' attempting to stop the man with a baseball bat.

Victoria Police assume the man is still in possession of the firearm, and have dispatched members from the Special Operations Group, Critical Incident Response Unit, Dog Squad and Air Wing.

Supt Arthur said the man was approximately 165cm tall, aged in his early 20s, wearing a white hooded top and black tracksuit pants, but said he may have since discarded his clothing.

Police urge anyone who sights the man or someone matching his description to not approach him and call triple zero (000) immediately.

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