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Aussie employee's brave act against machete-wielding robber

CCTV shows the moment a Queensland shopkeeper retaliates and sends the bandit running away empty-handed.

A Queensland shop worker has helped foil an attempted armed robbery after a masked man burst into the Rockhampton business wielding a large machete.

Caught on CCTV cameras, the offender can be seen running into the store on Musgrave Street in Berserker just after 6.30pm on Monday.

In one hand he carries a grey sack, while in the other he draws back the large knife, holding it above his head.

The attempted robber with a machete (left) and the chair hitting the man (right).
CCTV footage captured the moment a threatened shop worker threw a chair at a machete-wielding robber in Berserker, Rockhampton. Source: Queensland Police

Moving towards the shop counter, police say the would-be-thief threatened the male and female worker, who are both off camera, before one is seen rushing forward.

Suddenly a chair is flung through the air towards the offender, smashing into his body.

As it crashes to the floor, the man lurches towards the counter once again, swinging the machete over his head a few times before he turns in his tracks and bolts out of the store, leaving empty-handed.

Fortunately neither of the employees were injured in the incident.

Police hunt for machete man on the run

Rockhampton detectives investigating the attempted robbery have since released CCTV footage in the hope that someone may recognise the offender.

They say he was wearing a dark-coloured, hooded jumper, a white and red covering over his face, grey track pants and white shoes, and was carrying a green duffle-type bag.

Anyone with information which could assist this investigation, or anyone who has any relevant dashcam or CCTV footage, is urged to contact police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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