Armed bandits raid video store
TWO armed bandits held up a Goonellabah video store on Wednesday night, terrorising a teenage female shop attendant at gunpoint before stealing her car and making off with just a few hundred dollars.
The masked bandits, a man and a woman, burst into the Video Ezy store in Rous Road at 8.55pm, five minutes before closing, armed with what is thought to be a sawn-off shotgun and a machete. They demanded cash and the keys to the 19-year-old woman’s car.
They escaped in an unknown direction in her blue 2005 Toyota Corolla sedan with Queensland registration number 753 ILH.
It is the second armed robbery at the Rous Road store in just over five years. In September 2004, four masked bandits wielding axe handles and golf clubs robbed the same business of cash and DVDs.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Detective Inspector Greg Moore, said the nature of the crime was of deep concern to police. “It’s not an offence we’d expect in this part of the world, and that is all the more reason why we’re keen to identify these people,” he said.
Despite several armed robberies in the region in the past month, Det Insp Moore said robberies were down across the command.
“Fortunately the rate of robberies in this command has reduced dramatically over the past 12 months. We’ve seen a 40 per cent decrease in robbery offences, so we’d like to see that trend continue, hence the urgency in trying to get public assistance with this one,” he said.
Det Insp Moore said he didn’t think it was unreasonable to have one person working in a shop in Lismore at night, but the risks would need to be assessed on anindividual basis.
“Obviously the shop assistant was shaken up by the incident, which is another reason we are trying to identify these people,” he said.
Det Insp Moore said police were looking into the possibility of local involvement in the robbery.
The man is described as 25 to 30 years old, medium to solid build, 180 to 185cm tall with a deep voice.
The woman is 20 to 30 years old, 160 to 170cm tall, with reddish-purple coloured curly hair, heavy smudged eyeliner, wearing a black, long-sleeved jumper with a purple floral collar and long pants.
Any person with information on the robbery or the whereabouts of the stolen vehicle is urged to contact Lismore detectives on 6626 0599, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.