Robber arrested in minutes
POLICE arrested a man only minutes after he allegedly robbed a service station at Byron Bay overnight.
Police will allege the 20-year-old man entered the business on Bayshore Drive about 9.45pm and demanded cash. The employee, believing the man was armed, complied.
The man allegedly took cash from the till and drove from the scene in a white Toyota Hilux utility.
Mullumbimby police stopped the vehicle a few minutes later on the Pacific Highway and arrested the man at gunpoint.
He was then covered by a Taser while handcuffed. Police will allege they recovered a sum of cash from the man’s jacket when searched. No weapon was located. The man was also wearing a beanie allegedly stolen from the service station.
The man, from Pacific Pines, Queensland, was taken to Byron Bay Police Station charged with robbery. He was refused bail to appear in Mullumbimby Local Court today.
Tweed/Byron Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Shane Diehm, praised the quick actions of the officers in arresting the man.
“A description of the vehicle was circulated to patrolling police and only minutes later the man was in custody without further incident,” Det Insp Diehm said.