The bandits flee the shopping centre in a red Toyota Corolla hatchback. Police are calling for anyone who sees this car to cont
The bandits flee the shopping centre in a red Toyota Corolla hatchback. Police are calling for anyone who sees this car to cont

Hunt for robbers focuses on getaway car

By MARY MANN mary.mann@northernstar.com.au BALLINA detectives say two men involved in an armed robbery at the Ballina Fair shopping centre last week used the red Toyota Corolla pictured in these frames as their getaway car.

The two men are still on the run, and police are asking anyone who sees the car, or who witnessed the hold-up, to contact police immediately.

Police say they have released the images in the hope it will encourage people who saw the robbery to come forward and help with investigations.

Closed circuit television (CCTV) footage clearly shows one of the men, dressed in dark clothing and wearing a balaclava, running from the shopping centre with a black bag before escaping in the red car.

You can also see a person standing nearby who witnessed the incident.

Detective Sergeant Jason Evers said some people with information about the robbery had still not spoken to police.

"The images portray two men who I believe may be able to assist police with inquires into this matter," he said.

"I urge anyone sighting these men or this vehicle not to approach, but to contact police immediately via triple-0."

The robbery happened at Southern Cross Credit Union about 3.25pm last Friday.

Witnesses told police a man armed with a handgun entered the credit union inside Ballina Fair and demanded money from staff.

Several thousand dollars is believed to have been handed over before the man ran from the centre and jumped into a 2006 red Toyota Corolla hatchback.

The car, with NSW registration number AN 47 KJ, was driven by a second man and the pair took off on the Pacific Highway, heading north.

No one was injured in the incident and no shots were fired.

The man who entered the credit union has been described to police as being of white/European appearance, 30 years old, 173-183cm tall, of athletic build, having blue eyes and brown/blonde hair. At the time of the incident he was wearing dark clothing, a balaclava and carrying a black bag.

The man who drove the car has only been described as being of Aboriginal appearance, with a fair complexion, 30 years old and having a solid build.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact Ballina detectives on 6681.8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800.333.000.



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