NOT A GOOD START: Lieutenant Wes Bust of the Salvation Army in Ballina is frustrated that a staff member was threatened in a robbery at the Tamar St store.
NOT A GOOD START: Lieutenant Wes Bust of the Salvation Army in Ballina is frustrated that a staff member was threatened in a robbery at the Tamar St store. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Salvo store robbed at knife-point

VOLUNTEERS and staff from the Salvation Army at Ballina are reeling after an employee was threatened with a syringe and knife during a brazen daylight robbery this week.

The armed hold-up occurred just after 8am on Monday at the Family Store in Tamar St.

Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Bill McKenna said a 26-year-old male employee at the shop was approached by a man who was allegedly armed with a syringe.

"The man demanded money and then produced a knife," Insp McKenna said.

"The employee handed over an amount of money and the man fled the store."

Lieutenant Wes Bust from the Salvation Army Ballina only arrived on Monday to take up his new post in Ballina.

"I was informed that Saturday's takings and the float had been stolen," he said.

"It's certainly not the most desired way to arrive in town.

"The Salvation Army is here to alleviate problems in the community so that people can find hope.

"It is certainly frustrating that we have been robbed.

"Our employee is obviously

very shaken up, but he was not hurt in the incident, which is good news.

"This is not something that you would expect to happen.

"We are moving forward as best as we can, and we have full confidence that the Ballina police will get to the bottom of this."

The offender is described as being aged between 40 and 50, about 195cm tall with greying hair and a beard.

He was wearing a three-quarter-length coat and pants.

Can you help?

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Ballina police station on 6681 8699.



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