PHOTOS: Mair Street taxi armed hold-up

UPDATE: POLICE are still hunting for two men wanted for questioning over an alleged armed robbery of taxi driver in the early hours of Monday morning.

Police said they have had a good response from the public after images of the pair were released to media.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing.

The alleged robbery occurred at Dazzlers Car Wash with two men leaving the scene in an orange or red Mitsubishi Magna.

It is believed the men took the driver's iPhone and iPad before producing a sharp object and asking for cash.

One man is described as being in his early 20s and between 162 and 165 centimetres in height.

At the time of the incident he was wearing a high visibility yellow jumper with reflective strips on the front, khaki pants and white runners.

The other man is also aged in his 20s and is estimated to be 183 centimetres in height.

At the time of the incident he was wearing a red hooded jumper, black tracksuit pants and white runners.

Anyone with information on the incident should call Ballarat Criminal Investigation Unit on 5336 6080.

EARLIER: THIEVES considering robbing taxi drivers because they are considered an easy target have been warned – you will be caught. 

The message comes from Ballarat Taxis Co-operative chairman Steven Armstrong after police began hunting two men following an alleged armed robbery of a taxi driver in the early hours of yesterday. 

“There are cameras inside the taxi and on the outside as well,” he said. “The likelihood is that they will be caught.”

Pictures of the duo wanted for questioning about the incident were released yesterday afternoon. 

Mr Armstrong said it only took 24 hours to locate the thief who robbed a taxi in Ballarat late last year. 

He said taxis were fitted with GPS tracking, distress alarms and a black box that recorded the car’s every move. 

Ballarat police also want to speak to the two men in relation to another theft earlier in the evening. 

The second and more serious incident, the alleged armed robbery, occurred around 5.30am in Mair Street at Dazzlers Car Wash.

The victim was cleaning his vehicle at the time when he was approached by two men. 

It is believed the men took the driver’s iPhone and iPad before producing a sharp object and asking for cash.

After the alleged robbery the two men fled to an early model orange Mitsubishi Magna parked on Sheppard Street.

The taxi driver followed the pair through Ballarat’s central business district after the incident before losing them somewhere in Black Hill. 

The first incident occurred only an hour earlier at 4.30am. 

It is believed the duo may have broken into a car on Humffray Street North. 

In this case, the victim has awoke to sound of smashing glass and upon heading outside he saw a similar Magna leaving the scene. 

A handbag was taken from the vehicle. 

One man is described as being in his early 20s and between 162 and 165 centimetres in height.

At the time of the incident he was wearing a high visibility yellow jumper with reflective strips on the front, khaki pants and white runners. 

The other man is also aged in his 20s and is estimated to be 183 centimetres in height. 

At the time of the incident he was wearing a red hooded jumper, black tracksuit pants and white runners. 

Anyone with information on the incident should call Ballarat CIU on 5336 6080.

matthew.dixon@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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