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Gold Coast detectives have charged two people following the armed robbery of an Ashmore tavern on Wednesday, November 2.

It will be alleged that around 3.40am, two men forced entry to the Cotlew Street business by smashing a glass door.

The men allegedly threatened three employees – a 42-year-old man, a 34-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman – with a firearm, forcing them into a disabled toilet where they were restrained.

The pair then allegedly stole a significant amount of cash before running from the building through the carpark.

Police immediately attended the scene and the Dog Squad was deployed to track the pair.

While the men could not be located, officers did locate a stolen white 2001 Isuzu NQR Series truck abandoned in a nearby carpark.

The vehicle had been stolen from Randwick Road at East Deep Creek sometime between midnight and 4am on November 1.

Following subsequent investigations, detectives arrested two people at a shopping centre in Maroochydore around 6pm that evening (Wednesday, November 2).

It will be alleged that they were located carrying a large sum of cash.

A 28-year-old Inverell (NSW) man has now been charged with three counts of deprivation of liberty and one count each of armed robbery, possessing tainted property (cash), receiving tainted property (cash), dealing with identification information and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

He was remanded in custody to reappear at the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on November 24.

A 21-year-old Inverell woman was charged with one count each of possessing tainted property (cash), receiving tainted property (cash), dealing with identification information and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

She was bailed to reappear at the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on November 24.

Investigations continue in regards to the second man.

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