Key bandit triggers lock change
CASINO locksmiths had their work cut out for them yesterday as they continued the biggest lock-changing frenzy the town has seen.
Triggered by an armed bandit who made his getaway in a stolen security vehicle on Thursday that literally contained the keys to the city, the massive exercise will probably take the rest of the week.
Craig Morschel, from Richmond Valley Locksmiths, had mixed feelings about the extra business, but appreciated the work.
“We don't like to hear about these things, but we're here to help. I mean, we're in the business of securing people's businesses,” he said.
“We started on Friday and worked through the weekend. At this stage it's all hands on deck.
“We've prioritised the work and we'll be busy all week, but we're on top of it. Some premises have up to 15 locks to change.
“People were surprised at the prompt service, but that's what we're here for.”
The owners of Statesman Security Services are working closely with police to ensure their clients' security, but could not comment while investigations are continuing.
Meanwhile, police have released CCTV photos of a man suspected of holding up the Casino Golf Club at gunpoint last Thursday about 10.30pm.
Police described the suspect as male and of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander appearance. He is about 1.8 metres tall, of solid build and approximately 20 to 30 years old. He was wearing gloves and had a cloth partially over his face.
The bandit allegedly confronted a golf club employee and a security guard with a single-barrel sawn-off shotgun, forcing the pair back into the club and demanding they open the safe.
The security guard and the golf club employee complied with the bandit's request and there was no struggle or injuries reported. They are currently receiving counselling.
The bandit escaped with an undisclosed sum of money in the security guard's 2007 silver Toyota Yaris - registration number BBP 79T, with Statesman Security signs.
Anyone who has any information in relation to the armed robbery is asked to contact Lismore detectives on 6626 0599.