RSL staff traumatised by robbery

TWO female South Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club bar staff have been left traumatised after being held up at gunpoint by three balaclava-clad men on Friday night.

One woman was grabbed by the hair, thrown to the ground and a knife held to her throat, a source at the club said yesterday.

Club president Dave Savins said the violent robbery occurred just before midnight on Friday when the men, armed with a gun and knives, entered the club through a riverside door where musicians were loading their gear into a van.

The men forced two female staff members into a cash room where they stole a substantial sum of money before fleeing in an unknown direction. All patrons had left at the time of the robbery and no one was physically injured during the incident. Mr Savins said the thieves were ‘covered from head to foot in dark clothing’ including balaclavas, gloves and hoods.

Police confirmed last night they were examining the club’s CCTV footage.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command attended the club a short time after the incident where a crime scene was established and investigated by specialist officers.

Investigations into the incident are continuing.



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