Police hunt bandits over Port Melbourne armed robbery

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Police are seeking witnesses to an armed robbery at a shopping centre in Port Melbourne.

Five people with covered faces, believed to be men, entered Bakers Delight and a Coles supermarket in Bay Street about 10.25am on June 16.

Staff were threatened with a meat cleaver and knives. The thieves stole cash from both stores before fleeing in a stolen silver sedan.

“It certainly was a very brazen attack at a peak shopping time, when there were children in prams at checkouts,” said Senior Sergeant Eric Strik, from South Melbourne police.

He said police had increased foot patrols in the area since the robbery to help restore community confidence.

Police have praised customers who took video footage of the robbery on their smart phones. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website crimestoppers.com.au

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