Armed robbery at Casino tattoo parlour
POLICE are investigating the overnight armed robbery of a Casino tattoo parlour where an employee was threatened by three teenagers with a knife, hammer and a screw driver.
Inspector Mick Dempsey of Lismore police said at about 8.50pm last night three teenagers entered Smik Tattoo Studio on Centre St.
"The three male offenders threatened an employee with a number of items, a kitchen knife, a screw driver and a hammer," he said.
Insp Dempsey said the teenagers stole an amount of cash and fled the scene on foot.
"The offenders who fled on foot along Stapleton Ave were described as being between 14 and 16 years old."
Insp Dempsey said the offenders were described as being of Aboriginal appearance, wearing face masks and hoods.
A police dog unit, forensic services and detectives were called to the store and a crime scene was established.
Smik Tattoo Studio posted details about the robbery on Facebook and are offering a $500 gift voucher to people who provide police with information about the offenders that leads to a conviction.
"One had a grey hoodie with green writing on it dark pants," the post read.
"The second one had blue hoodie jumper and dark pants and the third had grey hoodie with a black shirt over the top with dark pants."
Smik Tattoo Studio celebrated the first birthday of its Woodburn store only hours before the robbery.
"We are a small team of hard working artists and two have lost all their wages from the week so they are now out of pocket also and will do it hard for the next week or two to catch up on their personal bills and family commitments."
"We jump in and donate to so many different organisations and support the community at each store location so we are asking for your help to bring these people to justice and keep them from doing this sort of thing again."
Police are appealing to anyone with any information on the robbery to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.