Coraki shop owner robbed and kidnapped
UPDATE 11am: POLICE are concerned about the escalating level of violence by the men they believe may be involved in two armed robberies at Coraki in two days.
About 4.15 am on Friday morning the Coraki Bakery was robbed by two armed men who fled with the cash register and an employee's car.
In the early hours of Sunday morning two masked offenders threatened a 56-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man with a machete and an axe in the home attached to the Coraki takeaway before fleeing in the woman's car with cash and cigarettes.
Richmond Local Area Command Crime Manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore said police have received some helpful information from the public about the incidents.
Both Aboriginal men are still at large and considered armed and dangerous.
Det Insp Moore encouraged anyone with any information that may help police catch the men to contact Lismore police on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
EARLIER TODAY: A CORAKI shop owner and her 80-year-old father feared for their lives when they were kidnapped during a brutal armed robbery early yesterday morning.
With the offenders still on the run, police are appealing for public assistance.
About 1.45am the elderly man and his 56-year-old daughter were awoken by loud noises from inside their home on Queen Elizabeth Dr, Coraki.
When the man and his daughter went to inspect they were confronted by two masked men; one armed with a machete, the other with an axe.
The offenders threatened them before demanding cash and cigarettes from their adjoining shop.
The man and woman were then forced into their Nissan Tiida and were driven about 3km from Coraki before being ordered out.
Police were alerted and officers sighted the Tiida in Casino a short time later. A pursuit was initiated, however, the pair evaded police when they stopped the car in a nearby street and fled on foot.
Relatives, friends and neighbours had gathered early Sunday morning to provide support for the badly shaken shop owner.
Woodburn police attended the scene which was taped off as forensics officers took fingerprints.
It is the second violent robbery in the small town in less than a week and the third in the Richmond Local Area command.
Last Thursday night and Friday morning both the Coraki Bakery and South Lismore's Station Hotel were held up at gunpoint within hours of each other.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Lismore Police.