Armed bandits strike again in two robberies

Launceston police are investing two armed robberies after separate businesses were targeted on Monday night.

Just after 8.30pm last night, a young man entered the Himalayan Kitchen on Invermay Road at Mowbray armed with a metal bar.

Police say the offender demanded money while threatening staff with the bar. A female accomplice then entered the restaurant and the two offenders then fled with a small amount of cash.

Police say the pair got in to an older model white Mitsubishi Magna sedan and then drove off at speed.

There were other people in the vehicle at the time, police say.

Both the man and woman were described as being in their early teens.

About 30 minutes later, two men entered Blockbuster Video at Kings Meadows, again armed with a metal bar, and demanded cash from the attendant.

One offender went behind the counter and took a small amount of cash from the till. The attendant's mobile phone was also stolen as the offenders fled through the main door.

The pair were seen getting into an older model white Mitsubishi Magna sedan, which sped off out of the car park. Again, other people were inside the vehicle at the time.

Both men in the second robbery were described as being in their mid to late teens.

Last night's robberies follow the armed robbery of a Launceston Pizza store on Saturday night.

In that robbery, which is not believed to be related, a man armed with a knife robbed the Mowbray Pizza Hut.

Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch is investigating the robberies and is appealing for any witnesses to contact CIB on 6336 3910 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.