Video store armed robbery
POLICE have stepped up calls for public assistance in their hunt for two masked bandits who robbed the Goonellabah Video Ezy store at gunpoint on Wednesday night.
A man and woman entered the store at 8.55pm brandishing a sawn-off shotgun and a machete, traumatising a young female shop assistant and stealing her car to make their getaway.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Detective Inspector Greg Moore, said police were following several lines of inquiry and hoped someone would recognise the perpetrators or the stolen car.
The man is described as 25 to 30 years old, medium to solid build, 180 to 185cm tall with a deep voice.
The woman is described as 20 to 30 years old, 160 to 170cm tall with reddish/purple-coloured curly hair and heavy smudged eyeliner. She was wearing a black, long-sleeved jumper with a purple floral collar and long pants.
They escaped in a blue 2005 Toyota Corolla sedan with Queensland registration number 753 ILH.
“Detectives are appreciative of the people who have contacted police, but we are still seeking the assistance of anyone with knowledge of the robbery or the suspects,” Det Insp Moore said.
“A reward is available to anyone who can assist police with information that leads the conviction of people involved in a serious offence.”
The bandits escaped with only a few hundred dollars. Under the NSW Crimes Act the pair could face up to 25 years’ jail.
Due to the violent nature of the crime, Det Insp Moore said police were ‘extremely motivated’ to find the offenders.