A gunman is on the loose after two hold-ups in Bunbury on Sunday.
One man was injured in a struggle with the gunman on Sunday morning when the offender demanded he hand over his wallet.
A cleaner at the Minninup Forum hit the gunman with his mop – which broke – and fought with him, hurting his wrist in the process.
Det. Sgt Steve Carter said the cleaner thought it was a fake gun and that was why he had fought with the man.
“He said the gun was rusty and didn’t think it was real,’’ he said.
Det-Sgt Carter said the rusty gun was described as the weapon used in an armed robbery at Mangles Corner Deli at 6.15pm the same day.
“We believe the incidents may be linked, whether by the same offender or the same gun,’’ Det-Sgt Carter said.
The 15-year-boy behind the counter at the deli was not harmed in the robbery.
The offender got away with some cash, heading south on Minninup Road.
Deli owner Frank Fiore said he was grateful his staff were safe.
“I want this single man caught and I’m glad my staff member is safe and doing well,’’ he said.
The offender did not succeed in the first incident – which occurred at 7.30am – because the cleaner did not hand over his wallet.
Det-Sgt Carter said the offender was believed to have been hanging around Minninup Forum from 6am.
“The victim described a silver or grey Commodore and a maroon sedan in the area at the time and we’d like to speak to them,’’ he said.
The offender was described as having black hair and about 170cm-175cm tall and wearing a white and black checkered jumper.
People can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 with information.