Geoff King, of West Casino, missed out on his newspaper this morning because of the armed hold-up.
Geoff King, of West Casino, missed out on his newspaper this morning because of the armed hold-up. Doug Eaton

Armed robbery in Casino

THERE was an armed hold-up this morning at a newsagency on Hotham Street in West Casino.

Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore said the incident happened at 6.20am, when allegedly a man armed with a knife threatened the shop assistant.

“He then left the shop on foot with a small amount of cash and an amount of cigarettes,” he said.

He said the male was observed to enter a maroon coloured Nissan Pulsar sedan and head west in North Street, Casino.

The vehicle was recovered a short time later burnt out in Reynolds Road, Casino.

Enquiries have confirmed that this vehicle was reported stolen from a Casino smash repairer earlier this morning.

The man is described as Caucasian, aged in his late-teens to early 20s, slight build wearing dark clothing and a dark hooded jacket with a cloth or similar across his face, about 170cm tall.

Police are appealing to members of the public for assistance in identifying person/s involved in the incident.

Any person with information should contact Casino Police or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Bewildered locals turned up at the newsagency to find out what happened to their papers, finding only a closed shop and shaken staff members.

Casino West resident Geoff King said he ‘just came to see why the paper wasn’t delivered and pay for the next month’.

“They’re good people, and the paper was delivered every morning,” he said.

“I just thought their car might’ve broken down, but when it got to this time, I knew something had gone beserk, so I came in to pay and pick up my paper.”

Mr King said he had been coming to the shop since it opened.

“When they got the CCTV cameras put up I used to walk in there and say it was a hold-up, and they’d say ‘get out ya old bugger’. It was all this big joke, but it’s happened for real this time, it’s not good,” he said.

Staff at Casino West Newsagency said they couldn’t comment on the matter.



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