The Byron Bay BP service station shop entrance on Bayshore Drive where the robbery occurred.
The Byron Bay BP service station shop entrance on Bayshore Drive where the robbery occurred. Digby Hildreth

Police arrest robber at gunpoint

A MAN appeared in Mullumbimby Local Court yesterday charged with robbing the BP ‘Ozigo’ service station in Byron Bay on Wednesday night.

Kurt Andrews, 20, from Pacific Pines, Queensland, was charged with one count of robbery and one of larceny.

He was refused bail.

Police said Andrews was arrested minutes after the robbery as he drove away from the scene.

Police allege Andrews entered the service station on Bayshore Drive about 9.45pm and demanded cash.

An employee believed Andrews was armed and did not resist.

Andrews allegedly took cash from the till and drove off in a white Toyota Hilux utility.

Police from Mullumbimby stopped the vehicle a short time afterward on the Pacific Highway and arrested the man at gunpoint.

He was then covered by a Taser while handcuffed. Police stated they found a sum of cash in the man’s jacket.

No weapon was located. The man was also wearing a beanie allegedly stolen from the service station.

Ozigo manager Matt Gollan praised his staff member’s response.

“The young fellow handled himself well. He’s okay today, and that is my only concern,” Mr Gollan said.

Tweed/Byron police crime manager, Detective Inspector Shane Diehm, praised the quick actions of his officers.

“A description of the vehicle was circulated to patrolling police and only minutes later the man was in custody without further incident,” Det Insp Diehm said.

Separately, police are seeking information about the theft of soccer nets from Newrybar Public School over the Queen’s Birthday weekend.

Two men also forced entry into a rural industry premises on Thursday morning, stealing generators and chainsaws. Any information to Crime Stoppers on 1800-333-000.



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