Police 'looking into' civilians held at gunpoint in robbery
UPDATE: 2.30PM: SIX civilians who were inside the Caloundra's CBX Hotel as it was held at gun point by three men are being "looked into" by authorities.
It has been six months, almost to the day, since the trio stormed the hotel and the pokies room in the early hours of the morning of November 22 last year.
Caloundra CIB officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Chris Eaton said two active lines of inquiry were being looked at.
"We believe this offence is linked to similar offences throughout south east Queensland prior to this robbery," Sen Sgt Eaton said.
"We are also looking at the six civilians inside the hotel at the time for any links to the offence."
Sen Sgt Eaton said it was "unusual" for three offenders to all be armed which he said indicated that a fair amount of "pre-planning" went into it.
INITIAL: TERRIFYING footage of three men armed with shotguns storming a Sunshine Coast hotel has emerged as police attempt to crack a six-month-old case.
On November 22 at 4.50am the masked trio held-up the CBX Hotel on Bulcock St, Caloundra, and made off with cash.
The offenders, who were armed with a sawn-off shotgun and rifle, have remained on the run since the ordeal.
The footage, obtained by WIN News, shows one of the men pointing a gun at a patron and threatening it towards six others all who have their hands in the air.
Sunshine Coast CIB officer-in-charge Acting Senior Sergeant Chris Eaton said the men arrived in a black Mitsubishi sedan and entered the hotel through the poker room entrance.
"When the offenders have come in, they've pointed firearms at the security guard and the people in the poker machine room, they've demanded that those persons place their hands on their head and not move from where they were," Sen Sgt Eaton said at the time.
"The third offender ... has gone up to the female attendant, threatened her with a firearm and demanded the takings from behind the till."
Sen Sgt Eaton told WIN News he believed the Mitsubishi sedan was stolen.
According to Queensland Police Service statistics, there were six armed robberies in the Caloundra region last year.
More to come.