Machete suspect arrested
POLICE were celebrating on Friday after "some good-old-fashioned detective work" resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly tried to rob an Alstonville bakery with a machete.
A man had entered McCarthy's Bakery on the corner of Bugden Ave and South St in Alstonville about 3.30am last Monday brandishing a machete and demanding cash, but two bakers fought him off with a broom.
He fled on foot and was last seen heading north along Commercial Rd.
A 38-year-old Alstonville man was arrested at a house at Evans Head late on Thursday and taken to Lismore Police Station, where he was charged with armed robbery and other offences including drug possession.
He was refused bail when he appeared in Lismore Local court yesterday.
"This arrest came as a result of some good-old-fashioned detective work," said Richmond Local Area command Crime Manager acting inspector Bernadette Ingram.