Police step up search for robber
A MAN who robbed a South Lismore business at knife-point earlier this month is still being hunted by police who have released a computer-generated image of the suspect.
Police are hoping someone may recognise the fugitive, who was last seen running west along Habib Drive about 1pm on January 6 after holding up the four-wheel-drive accessories business, Lismore Auto and Performance TJM.
He is described as being of caucasian appearance, aged in his 30s and 180 centimetres tall.
When last seen he was clean shaven and was wearing a black T-shirt.
The robber first entered the store, striking up a conversation with an employee.
He then threatened him with a knife and forced him to open the cash register before escaping with more than $5000 cash.
Owner Frank Stoffels said his employee had done the right thing and while badly shaken, was uninjured.
He commended his employee at the time for following OH&S and WorkCover procedures and not resisting the assailant’s demands.
“It all happened very quickly,” he said at the time.
“The (assailant) held a knife to him and forced him to open the cash register. We think he may have cased out the place earlier in the day.
“Usually we only have a few hundred dollars in the till, but unfortunately we hadn’t got to the bank so the ratbag hit the jackpot.”
The incident followed a series of armed hold-ups in the area and police said they were highly motivated to apprehend the offender.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Lismore detectives via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.