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Unsuccessful robber hit with wine bottle by witness

A man has unsuccessfully attempted to rob three stores in Canberra’s north on Thursday night after being struck on the back of the head with a red wine bottle by a witness.

Police say the man, aged in his 20s and of Caucasian appearance, entered a Cook supermarket about 6.40pm and threatened staff with a knife while making demands.

A customer who witnessed the incident struck the man with a wine bottle causing him to stumble forward and then flee the store empty handed.

The offender, who has been described as around 170cm tall, then travelled to another supermarket in Scullin where he once again threatened staff with a knife only be scared off by a car that pulled up outside the store.

The offender then travelled to another store in Higgins about 10 minutes later and repeated his unsuccessful tactic of threatening staff with a knife. 

But staff at the Higgins store refused to comply with his demands and he again ran off empty handed.

Police have encouraged anyone who witnessed any of the incidents to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.