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A TRADIE intervened to disarm a would be armed robbery at a Beach Street 7-Eleven store last week.

The Chisholm TAFE student was taking a break from studies at about 10.30am on Tuesday morning (31 July) when he noticed a man with a box cutter allegedly threatening a 7-Eleven attendant.

Frankston Crime Investigation Unit Detective Sergeant Alistair Boyd said the tradie entered the store and grabbed the box cutter from the aspiring robber.

Police quickly arrived after the tradie’s TAFE mates called about the attempted armed robbery.

A Hastings man, 43, was arrested at a nearby laundromat in Beach Street.

The tradie, 25-year-old Pat Frisby, told Seven News he noticed the man had a weapon while threatening a store attendant and demanding money.

“I thought I’d better do something so I wrestled the box cutter off him,” he said.

“I think anyone would have done it, really.”

The arrested Hastings man was charged with attempted armed robbery and committing an offence while on bail.

First published in the Frankston Times – 6 August 2018

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