Cops catch late night theives

TWO men who allegedly terrorised a late-night service station attendant on Sunday morning were arrested after police caught them red-handed trying to steal the cash register.

Around 1.10am on Sunday, police arrested and charged two Lismore men aged 31 and 43 after police allege they broke into a Service Station on Woodlark Street, Lismore.

Police allege the two men smashed through the glass doors that were locked, forcing the attendant to take refuge in the upstairs office where he phoned police.

While in the store the men attempted to break into the console area. When that failed they pushed the cash till over damaging it.

Police arrived and found the two men inside but both refused to exit the store.

According to police, an officer got hold of one man and pulled him through the gap in the door and as this man was being searched, the second man exited the store and began walking away.

"As police detained this man he resisted and struggled. Upon seeing this struggle the first man also started struggling with police and attempted to break free from their grip," a police spokesperson said.

Both men were eventually handcuffed and placed in the police vehicle and taken to Lismore Police Station.

The 31 year old man was charged with aggravated break and enter and resisting an officer in the execution of duty.

The 43 year old man was charged with three counts of malicious damage, aggravated break and enter and resisting an officer in the execution of duty.

Both men were granted conditional bail and ordered to front Lismore Local Court next month.



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