Chemist bashed for drugs

A PHARAMACIST and a customer were brutally bashed during an armed hold-up at Bonalbo Pharmacy on Saturday.

At 11.46am a woman and man armed with a baton entered the pharmacy and demanded drugs and cash from its owner.

"The male offender immediately commenced to assault the owner of the business with a baton," Lismore Police Sergeant Craig Ahrens told The Northern Star.

"As this was taking place, a customer has walked into the store and was enticed further inside by one of the offenders, before being assaulted then dragged into a storeroom. The offenders again made requests for cash and drugs before leaving the store."

Sgt Ahrens said the owner had an 11-year-old daughter who was present at the time of the attack.

The offenders stole money and drugs before driving away in a Toyota Echo that was previously reported stolen from an address in Merrimac, Qld.

"The vehicle was driven a short distance away to Woodworths Rd to a camp and rest area where the vehicle was set alight by the occupants," Sgt Ahrens said.

"The offenders entered another vehicle and were last seen heading south towards the Bruxner Hwy."

The male offender was described as Caucasian, aged 25-27, 180-185cm tall, wearing a red hooded jumper, black pants, blue-tinted sunglasses.

The female offender was described as Caucasian, aged 30, thin, 160cm tall, wearing a black shirt and dark sunglasses.

She also had a short haircut and was carrying a beige handbag which had another chequered storage container inside it.

Police are analysing CCTV footage of the event.



Topics:  assault chemist crime drugs

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