Armed robbery at Flora Hill video store

UPDATE: Police have released images of an axe-wielding bandit wanted in relation to a hold-up at a Bendigo video store last week.

The man, who is shown wearing a black hoodie with a beanie pulled over the top, used a hatchet to demand a small amount of cash from the VideoEzy Kennington shop attendant about 8pm on November 23. 

Detective Senior Constable Andrew Heazlewood said the man was believed to have fled in the direction of Miller Street, and could have dumped his clothing or weapon in a nearby yard.

“If any residents in the Miller Street, Havlin Street and Shipp Street areas find anything unusual in their yards, we encourage them to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000,” he said.

“He may have changed his clothing afterwards.”

EARLIER: Police are calling for witnesses after a man committed an armed robbery on a Flora Hill video store on Wednesday evening.

Police were called to VideoEzy near the Somerville-Townsend Street roundabout at 8pm.

A man described in his late teens, early 20s entered the store and used a weapon to demand cash from the attendant.

Detective Senior Constable Andrew Heazlewood said the man obtained a “small amount of cash” and video games before fleeing the area.

“Police do not believe a firearm was involved in the robbery,” he said.

The robbery was captured on CCTV, and the man had his hood pulled over his head. He was wearing a black hoodie and a backpack.

One staff member was present during the robbery and was uninjured, but told police she was “very nervous”.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.