Qld bandit fleeces rail worker of uniform

Tracey Ferrier

An armed bandit has forced a Queensland Rail worker to strip and hand over his uniform so he could get away in disguise.

The offender went to Brisbane's Coorparoo train station on Wednesday night, where he brandished a knife and forced a young worker into an office where he demanded cash.

When the rail worker said there was no cash to hand over, the bandit forced the worker to swap clothes with him so he could sidle away undetected.

But the sly escape plan didn't end there.

The bandit then called police himself, creating a distraction by claiming there was a man acting suspiciously in the area.

When police arrived, the worker promptly told officers he'd been fleeced and they should be looking for a man in a Queensland Rail uniform.

The bandit was arrested without incident a short time later.

A 22-year-old man has since been charged with attempted armed robbery and deprivation of liberty. He's also been charged with the armed robbery of a service station at Murarrie on January 7.