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Author Topic: Retired detective Michael Gordon Gilmont charged with $30,000 hotel robbery  (Read 606 times)


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A RETIRED police detective has been charged with the armed hold-up of a hotel in Queensland in which $30,000 was allegedly stolen and an employee tied up.

Michael Gordon Gilmont, 58, a former Queensland police officer, allegedly pulled a knife on staff at the Sarina Hotel in north Queensland.

The former policeman, who worked for north Brisbane CIB and the licensing squad, allegedly entered the back of the pub, walked behind the bar and pulled the knife.

Police claim he then took the manager to the safe room, put a pair of gloves on and placed money into a pillow slip.

Wearing a balaclava, baseball cap and glasses, he also allegedly tied the staff member’s hands together with a cable tie.

Other staff ran from the hotel to a nearby newsagency – run by a former police officer – who called the local police.

Police, stationed just 200m away, arrived within minutes and confronted the man as he tried to flee the pub.

The incident last month has shocked the small town of about 5000, south of Mackay.

“He was a talented footy player, a good cop,” a source said. He is understood to have medically retired in 1994 to work as a private investigator.

Gilmont has been charged with robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon, unlawfully detaining a man and one charge of robbery.

He appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court and has been remanded in custody.

A mention has been listed for September 14.

SINNERS MCC Brisbane Australia
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