Police cast wide net for robbers
POLICE are casting a wide net in the hunt for a pair who brutally bashed a pharmacist and a customer in a brazen armed hold-up in Bonalbo on the weekend.
After analysing video footage of the raid, images and descriptions have been released to the media and investigators have called on members of the public who may have witnessed the robbery or the getaway to contact Lismore Detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
It is alleged the pair torched their stolen Toyota Echo at a nearby rest area on Woodworths Rd in Bonalbo around midday on Saturday before switching to what is believed to be a white Holden Commodore.
They were last seen heading south towards the Bruxner Hwy.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Detective Inspector Greg Moore, said police were throwing a wide net despite the pair originating from Queensland.
"We are liaising with Queensland authorities and obviously appealing to any members of the community who may recognise either of the individuals to come forward," he said.
"The offence is out of character for this area and the cowardly actions of the perpetrators have spurred investigators to identify them and put them before the courts."
Shortly before midday a woman and man armed with a baton entered the pharmacy and demanded drugs and cash.
The man bashed the pharmacist before the pair assaulted a customer and dragged her into a storeroom.
Det Insp Moore said it was a terribly traumatic incident for the victims, who included the owner's 11-year-old daughter.
Police are searching for two Caucasians, a man aged 25-27, 180-185cm tall, wearing a red hooded jumper, black pants, blue-tinted sunglasses; and a short haired woman aged 30, thin, 160cm tall, wearing a black shirt and dark sunglasses and carrying a beige handbag.