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Teen busted over failed Maccas heist

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A teenager will face the children's court in Launceston over this week's attempted armed robbery on McDonald's Invermay.

A brave customer saw off a masked, knife-wielding bandit on Monday night by hitting him with a chair.

Police charged a 16-year-old Riverside boy on Tuesday night and the accused is due in court on Wednesday.

"That person approached counter staff, threatened them with a knife, jumped the counter and attempted to take money from the till," said Detective Senior Sergeant John Parker.

"A witness who was in the store at the time assisted in deterring that person from committing further thefts by striking them over the head with a chair." 

Police are also exploring any potential links with last Wednesday's armed robbery on a Pizza Hut at Mowbray.