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Barefoot man in armed hold-up

The Mobil service station on Ballina Rd, Lismore, where an attendant was robbed at gunpoint yesterday morning.
The Mobil service station on Ballina Rd, Lismore, where an attendant was robbed at gunpoint yesterday morning. Cathy Adams

POLICE are searching for the barefoot bandit who robbed a petrol station attendant at gunpoint.

At 3.25am Thursday, a male entered the 24-hour Mobil petrol station on Ballina Rd and threatened the male console operator with a handgun.

Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore said the offender made off with a "small sum" of cash.

"Understandably, the victim was shaken as a result of the experience," he said.

While the thief managed to hide most parts of his body, he was - oddly - barefoot.

The man wore a dark hooded jumper and a black scarf with white writing on it around his face. He was last seen on foot running north along Cathcart St.

A crime scene was established yesterday morning while detectives and forensic police examined the petrol station.

Det Insp Moore said police were reviewing CCTV footage.

The offender is described as between 25 and 30 years old, 170-175 cm tall and of a slight build.

Mobil petrol station manager Adam Doyle said the robbery was not violent and the employee involved was doing well.

"He is fine. He was a bit shaken at first," he said.

"But he just went to the police station, gave a statement, came back, had a cup of tea with me and will be back at work tonight.

"(The offender) was not violent and didn't hurt him. It was not traumatising."

Anyone with information is urged to call Lismore Detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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