Armed robbers still on the run and getting more violent
THE ESCALATING violence by two men wanted over the armed robberies of the Coraki Bakery and the Coraki Takeaway has police determined to catch them before somebody is seriously injured - or worse.
The Sunday morning robbery and kidnapping of an 80-year-old man and his 56-year-old daughter was the second violent robbery in the town in three days and the fourth in the Richmond Local Area Command within four days.
Last Thursday night and Friday morning the Coraki Bakery and the Station Hotel South Lismore were held up within eight hours.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Detective Inspector Greg Moore, said police believe the same men may have committed both of the armed robberies at Coraki.
"At approximately 1.45 am on Sunday two masked offenders entered the Coraki Takeaway food store on Queen Elizabeth Drive," he said.
"Entry was forced to the premises and an 80-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman were confronted at machete and tomahawk point."
"They were then forced to hand over a quantity of cash and cigarettes."
Det Insp Moore said the men kidnapped the 80-year-old man and 56-year-old woman and fled in the victims' silver Nissan Tiida sedan.
"The victims were forced into the sedan and driven a short distance before being forced out of the sedan."
The Tiida was recovered following a police pursuit on Sunday afternoon at Coraki when the men jumped from the car and escaped on foot, leaving behind the car and the cigarettes they stole but keeping the cash.
Police quickly set up a perimeter and called in a sniffer dog to catch the men but they evaded officers.
Police spent yesterday following up leads and investigating the string of robberies.
Late yesterday the men remained at large and police warned they were possibly armed and dangerous.
The burnt-out Toyota Echo, stolen from the apprentice at the scene of the robbery at the bakery, has since been recovered.