Robber caught on camera
THIS is the lone armed robber who this week has instilled fear in banking staff on the Coffs Coast.
The suspect is believed responsible for two hold-ups at BCU credit union branches in Urunga and Nambucca Heads yesterday and Wednesday afternoon's armed hold-up at the ANZ Bank, Coffs Harbour, where a large hunting knife was used.
In this security vision he is captured fleeing on foot down the main street of Nambucca Heads seconds after he threatened a teller at 12.33pm.
Bystanders who saw the bandit take flight gave chase, only to lose sight of him as he ran down an alleyway beside the Nambucca Liquor Store.
The brazen afternoon robbery came after the Urunga BCU in Bowra St was also hit.
There he got away with a pencil case stuffed with cash after fronting a teller shortly before 11am.
Police from Urunga, Sawtell and Coffs Harbour responded quickly to the hold-up alarm.
As a crime scene was set up and officers canvassed the town, the crook then had the audacity to strike again at the BCU branch located opposite the Nambucca Heads Police Station.
"We could hear yelling in the street outside the store; people chased after him and tried to stop this guy," Annie De Groot, who works at the Nambucca Liquor Store, said.
Investigating police say the same man is thought to have committed all three of this week's armed robberies.
The man is described as Caucasian, approximately 25 years old, about 180cm tall, of a thin build with brown hair and a noticeable gap in his front teeth.
In one hold-up he wore a dark Nike polo shirt with a white collar, a dark zip-up jumper at another and on all three occasions a dark-brimmed Super Cheap Auto hat, dark trousers and white Puma joggers.
Police have warned the public the man may be armed with a large serrated hunting knife.
In the two credit union robberies a weapon was not seen, but police say the offender gestured to his pocket to indicate he was armed.
After he made his move down the coast, police had officers lying in wait outside banks and credit unions at Macksville and Kempsey.
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Wednesday, Oct 26
Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour: Police arrest a man on the suspicion he was about to commit an armed hold-up at 9.15am. The 48-year-old was allegedly found in a car wearing a balaclava and in possession of gloves and a large knife.
Tuesday, Nov 3
United service station, Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour: A man wearing a Scream mask holds up Coffs Harbour's United Petroleum service station with a gun just before midnight. Flees on Harbour Dr towards Jetty Strip. Described as 170-175cm tall wearing a blue rain jacket, gloves and dark clothing.
ANZ Bank, Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour: A man enters the bank, produces a large hunting knife and demands cash from a teller at 1.50pm. He flees on foot along Harbour Dr. Described as Caucasian, 180cm tall, of thin build with dark hair, wearing a dark-brimmed hat and dark clothing.
BCU, Bowra St, Urunga: A man fitting the same description as the ANZ armed robber hits the Bananacoast Credit Union at Urunga around 11am. He flees on foot along the street with cash stuffed into a fabric pencil case. Described as Caucasian, tall, slim build, wearing dark clothing and has a noticeable gap between his front teeth.
BCU, Mann St, Nambucca Heads
As police investigate the Urunga hold-up, the bandit strikes again, holding up the Bananacoast Credit Union in Nambucca Heads at 12.40pm. The offender gets away with cash and runs along the main street, is chased down an alley beside the town's liquor store before making a getaway.