Robber terrorises shop assistant
AN ARMED robber terrorised a young South Lismore shop assistant at knifepoint on Wednesday before stealing an undisclosed amount of cash and escaping on foot.
Southside Foodland shop assistant Tom Mackney was shaken but unharmed after the assailant produced a knife and demanded money shortly before closing about 6.20pm.
“It was really disturbing,” Mr Mackney said yesterday.
“He pulled out the knife and told me to empty the till – so I emptied the till, though I did fumble a bit.
“He wasn’t aggressive, but you could tell he meant business.
“He took off on foot along Union Street and I think he went down Casino Street.”
Store manager Harrison Beggs said it was the first hold-up at the business since he took over as manager four years ago.
“There’s not normally any trouble like that around here.
“However, there has been a noticeable increase in shoplifting and anti-social behaviour in the past year.
“Tom did all the right things, which were to basically do exactly what the man demanded.
“As long as everyone is okay, that’s the main thing – we’re insured so we’ll be right.”
Police are hunting a man, thought to be in his late twenties, of solid build and about 185cm tall.
The robber is described as being of Aboriginal appearance, wearing a black hooded jumper with a zipper down the front and a red and white swirly symbol inscribed on the front.
He was also wearing white shoes and light blue denim jeans with red stitching down the sides.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Lismore det- ectives on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Meanwhile, a 30-year-old Mullumbimby man has been charged with aggravated robbery and refused bail after being arrested for holding up a Murwillumbah service station yesterday.
Inspector Darren Steel said the man entered the service station at 12.30am, forcing his way behind the counter bef- ore assaulting a 50-year-old employee.
The man escaped on foot with a sum of cash, and was arrested at a Crabbes Creek home about 7am yesterday.
The employee was treated for injuries at the Tweed Hospital.