Police at the doors of the Summerland Credit Union in Lennox Head after an armed hold-up yesterday.
Police at the doors of the Summerland Credit Union in Lennox Head after an armed hold-up yesterday. Jacklyn Wagner

Gunman hunted after Lennox credit union hold-up

A GUNMAN armed with a semi-automatic pistol, who yesterday robbed Lennox Head's Southern Cross Credit Union, was last night at large somewhere on the Northern Rivers.

The bandit, wearing wrap-around sunglasses and dark blue jeans, confronted female tellers at the credit union just before 3.30pm yesterday with a handgun, reported to be a black semi-automatic, and demanded cash.

After filling a denim bag he fled down a narrow alley beside Lennox Head Pharmacy and Lifeline, before bolting across Williams Reserve.

He then used the pedestrian tunnel beneath Byron Bay Road that links the village proper with the Greenfield Road residential estate, which quickly filled with searching police cars.

Police gathered at the only entry and exit point to the estate, but it soon became clear they had lost the armed bandit.

Unconfirmed descriptions of the bandit have him aged in his early 30s, with short black hair and of Mediterranean appearance. At the time he was wearing a dark blue cap with a suede peak and dark jeans. He has been variously described as wearing a blue or black jacket and a rugby-style long-sleeved top with a grey horizontal band across the centre and the sleeves, which were rolled up.

The last known sighting was in Park Lane.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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