The Lismore Workers Club in Keen St.
The Lismore Workers Club in Keen St.

‘We’ll track them down’: Police hunt knife-wielding thief

UPDATE, 12.10pm: POLICE are canvassing CCTV and appealing for anyone who may have information to come forward after an armed robbery in Lismore.

A 45-year-old manager of Lismore Workers Club was closing up for the night when he was approached and threatened by a man with a knife on Keen St about 10.30pm on Monday.

Richmond Police District acting crime manager Detective Insp Bernadette Ingram said it was a "traumatic" incident for the manager, who was injured in the attack.

"He was forced to go back into the club and he was tied up and assaulted and forced to provide funds from the club," Insp Ingram said.

"The victim received treatment from ambulance officers.

"He had a number of injuries including some cuts and he's just recovering today."

She said the amount of money taken was "quite large" and the man also stole the manager's white Holden Commodore utility.

This was later recovered under the Ballina St bridge in Victoria St and has been subjected to forensic investigations.

Insp Ingram urged anyone who saw anything or may have dashcam footage between 10.30pm and about 3am to come forward.

She said police were working through CCTV from the club and the surrounding town, as forensic investigations on the vehicle continue.

The offender had covered his face and may have been wearing gloves, but she said significant police resources were being used to investigate the incident.

"People who may have been driving around, if you think you might have some dash cam footage or you think you may have heard rumours in the community, please contact police," she said.

"We're looking at CCTV footage from the club and CCTV footage from around town."

She said the crime against the club would likely hurt the community.

"We will track them down," she said.

"I've got a team of committed investigators.

"This club is heavily involved in the community.

"They support charities, they support sporting clubs, and a robbery like this at that kind of premises has an impact to the community as well as the club.

"My message to the community is this is your club. It's really important if you have any information, no matter how small, please contact Crime Stoppers or contact your local police."

Insp Ingram said there appeared to be a significant amount of planning involved in the robbery.

"It certainly would appear that there has been a fair bit of planning involved and it wasn't a random act," she said.

She said the offender was described as being 180-185cm tall he was wearing a dark blue hoodie, military style jacket, dark pants and dark shoes.

"He also had a face covering, maybe a balaclava, but certainly a face covering of some sort," Insp Ingram said.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. 

 

UPDATE, 10.40am: THE president of a Lismore club where an armed robbery occurred last night has responded to the incident.

In a statement, Lismore Workers Club's board president Ian Harmon said it was the first time an incident like this had occurred in the 64 years the club had been operating.

The 45-year-old manager of the club told police he was threatened with a knife by a man, who demanded cash about 10.30pm last night.

Mr Harmon said one staff member received minor injuries and confirmed an amount of money was taken.

He said they were focusing on staff wellbeing after the incident.

"We're thankful that incidents like this have rarely occurred in all the years we've been operating in Lismore," Mr Harmon said.

"Our staff have handled themselves in an exemplary manner during an intensely stressful situation, particularly the staff present during the hold-up.

"Our primary concern at this time is the wellbeing of our staff member who was assaulted during the incident.

"That individual is recovering at home."

He said the robbery was a "serious criminal act" and encouraged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

Original story: POLICE will speak to the media this morning to appeal for information about an armed robbery in Lismore overnight.

The 45-year-old manager of the Lismore Workers Club, in Keen St, has told police he was threatened with a knife by a man, who demanded cash about 10.30pm last night.

According to police, the man threatened the manager with a knife and forced him back into the club.

The manager was tied up before being assaulted and forced to open a safe and cash machines.

The man fled with cash, stealing the manager's car.

Police were alerted and officers from Richmond Police District attended and located the employee, a 45-year-old man.

He was treated by paramedics for minor injuries.

A crime scene was established, which has been forensically examined.

Following inquiries, the employee's vehicle was recovered on Victoria Street.

As inquiries continue, police are appealing for public assistance to identify and locate those involved.

Investigators would like to speak to a man who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

The man is described as being aged in his 30s, about 180cm to 185cm tall, and of a solid build.

At the time, he was wearing a blue hooded jumper, a military-style camouflage jacket, dark-coloured long pants, and his face was covered.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.



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