Late release of CCTV defended
POLICE are hopeful the release of CCTV images will assist in their investigation of an attempted armed robbery in Casino.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Detective Acting Inspector Matt Kehoe, defended the decision to release the footage almost two months after the incident.
The police have just released it and it was published in The Northern Star yesterday.
"Police have been conducting a number of inquiries leading up to the release of this CCTV footage," he said.
"Obviously we have to exhaust all our other investigative strategies prior to ... releasing footage of the offender."
The attempted robbery was of the Liberty service station on the corner of Barker and Centre Sts on Thursday, September 15 about 7.20pm.
The robber threatened an attendant behind the counter with a machete and demanded money, but he left when the employee defended himself with a broom.
The person is described as 16-20 years old, of Caucasian appearance, 160-170cm tall, with a thin build.
The CCTV footage shows him wearing a dark hooded jumper, dark tracksuit pants with a white stripe, a light coloured beanie and his face was covered.
He was also carrying a blue drawstring backpack.
Police appealed for anyone with information to contact Casino police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Meanwhile, police said a 53-year-old man was left traumatised after four teenage boys broke into his house in Grant St, Ballina, on Saturday night.
The man was threatened with a knife during the home invasion.
"He [the victim] was obviously very distraught having his house broken into in the middle of the night, however, he didn't receive any injuries as a result of the attack," said Det A/Insp Kehoe.
"It is disturbing when you have four teenage boys break into a house at four o'clock in the morning committing a very serious offence.
"There seems to be a pattern of this type of behaviour."