A gang of armed robbers have targeted pubs and service stations across Brisbane, striking at night with loaded guns and machetes in at least nine attacks over three months.
Since late November, cash has been taken from at least seven suburban hotels by two or three armed men who have threatened staff and patrons before fleeing in waiting cars.
In the first of the linked robberies a man threatened two employees of an East Brisbane pub while his accomplice forced three people inside from the smoking area and made them lie on the floor.
"A patron struck one of the men over the head with a stool before the two fled the scene with a sum of cash," police said.
A week later the gang robbed staff at a Salisbury Hotel.
Between late December and last Thursday, the men struck pubs at Sunnybank, Upper Mount Gravatt, Oxley and Kedron and also targeted services stations at Archerfield and Riverhills.
Police aren't sure how much money the gang of bandits have robbed from the nine venues.
"They appear to be using a number of stolen vehicles to facilitate their crimes," Detective Acting Inspector Scott Burgess said.
Police have appealed for information about the robberies and have released footage of some, hoping to identify a man they wish to question.
"They're motivated and appear to be continuing with the offences," Det Act Insp Burgess said.