Police link robberies to ram raid

RICHMOND Local Area Command detectives are investigating a possible link between three armed robberies and a ram raid which all occurred in Lismore between July last year and March this year.

Strike Force ELOC detectives believe there could be a link as the offenders' features and clothing are quite distinctive as shown on CCTV footage.

This is despite the offenders wearing disguises, they said.

The incidents include an armed robbery at a convenience store about 7.15pm on Friday, July 24, last year; an armed robbery at a video shop in Rous Road, Goonellabah, about 8.55pm on Wednesday, January 13 this year; an armed robbery at a bottle shop in Wyrallah Road, East Lismore, about 7.30pm on Friday, March 5 this year; and a ram raid on a department store on Simeoni Drive, Goonellabah, about 5.30am on Saturday, January 23, this year.

The incidents have inv-olved the theft of several vehicles and the offenders have used an assortment of weapons, including fire-arms, machetes, knives and hammers.

The offenders are considered dangerous.

One male is described as wearing a distinctive black-hooded jacket with gold-coloured cannabis leafs printed on it.

Anyone with information in relation to the male offenders or the vehicles used in the crimes is urged to contact investigators at the Lismore police station on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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