Trevor Veale

Violent robbery at village store

A GROUP of five men bashed a 60-year-old woman unconscious and beat up her 64-year-old husband in a robbery in a village store north of Kyogle, police have said.

Inspector Matt Kehoe of the Richmond Local Area Command, said the five men turned up at the general store in the small village of Wiangaree, on the Summerland Way, about 3pm yesterday afternoon armed with a knife and a broomstick.

The men attacked the owners of the store - and man and his wife, breaking the one of the man's fingers, knocking out his wife and leaving both with cuts and abrasions, before ransacking the store.

Insp Keogh said the five men stole cash and alcohol before fleeing the scene in a stolen car.

Police tracked the car to Bonalbo, but the five men fled into the bush, taking the cash with them and abandoning the alcohol.

Insp Keogh saod police brought in the dog squad to track the men, but were unable to find them because of the poor weather conditions.

The owners of the store were taken by ambuland to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment and forensic officers had been combing through the shop looking for clues to the identities of the five robbers.

There were currently no detailed descriptions of the men available beyond all having been of Aboriginal appearance.

Insp Keogh called for anyone with information on the robbery or about the robbers to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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