A pokies player in his 70s has risked his life to take on a bandit armed with a machete in CCTV footage released by Victoria Police.
Two men forced their way into a gaming venue in St Albans, about 25 kilometres north west of Melbourne, at about 11.15pm on November 12, 2018.
Victoria Police released shocking footage of the incident on Tuesday.
The pair, who were armed with a machete and a metal pole, smashed a window to access the club.
A man aged in his seventies stood up to the would-be thief with a right hook, followed by a kick and more blows as the armed robber scrambled back to his feet.
The man’s actions won praise from locals, and a warning from police.
“We know the damage that a machete can cause … we don’t condone this type of behaviour,” Detective Inspector Dean Thomas of Victoria Police said.
The pokie-playing patron was struck to the neck with the blunt side of the machete and had to be treated at the scene by paramedics.
No cash was taken from the venue and the men left empty-handed.
Detectives have looked at a number of other armed robberies in the area as part of this investigation and believe it may be linked to at least three other incidents, Victoria Police said.
The incidents include an armed robbery at the same gaming venue on Clubhouse Place on June 13, 2015, a hold up with a firearm at a Deer Park post office June 7, 2018 and an incident where two men used firearms to grab cash at a gaming venue on Gillespie Road, Kings Park on November 11, 2018.
“They’ve picked these particular venues because they live in that area and perhaps are familiar with them,” Detective Inspector Thomas said.
One of the armed robbers is believed to have a solid build, medium height and is of Maori or Islander appearance with a New Zealand accent.
His offsider is believed to have a slim build, is of medium height and has an Australian accent.
A third suspect is believed to have driven a VE Commodore as the getaway car.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.
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