A MAN accused of being an accomplice in an armed robbery using a tomahawk has claimed he was busy getting ready to be a drug enforcer at the time of the alleged crime.
Christopher Harold Hobbs, 28, appeared in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today charged with armed robbery and made an unsuccessful attempt at bail.
His co-accused Caleb Adin Kemp, 34, is facing 12 charges including armed robbery, stealing, fraud and possessing dangerous drugs.
He was unable to appear as he is currently in hospital, reportedly suffering from a spider bite.
It’s alleged Mr Kemp entered Zaraffa’s Coffee in Caloundra about 9pm Sunday and demanded cash from the register while brandishing an axe.
The next day, Mr Kemp, armed again with the tomahawk, and Mr Hobbs allegedly entered Liquorland Aroona at 12.20pm and threatened a female staff member to get more than $3000 from the safe.
During Mr Hobbs’ bail application the court heard he admitted to being seen on CCTV changing his clothes in a public toilet before the robbery, but contended he was going to help Mr Kemp with a drug debt collection and was driven back to his Moffat Beach home.
Mr Hobbs claimed two other men wearing the same clothes actually pulled off the brazen crimes.
The court heard during a search of Mr Hobbs’ home, clothes were found that matched the description of those worn during the second armed robbery, including a black pair of sunglasses with blue arms.
Before denying Mr Hobbs bail, Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin called his claims “outrageously stupid and unlikely” and said the evidence against him was “overwhelming”.
His case will be mentioned again on November 23.
Maroochydore police Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said the community gave police “great information” that helped officers identify the alleged offenders.
“We really appreciate the efforts of the people to contact us,” he said.
Snr Sgt Edwards said the robberies were “extremely frightening” for everyone involved.