ON THE RUN

By SAMANTHA HEALY

A KNIFE-wielding robber is on the run after bursting into the Shell service station at Hastings Point on Wednesday night, threatening staff and eventually making off with an unknown amount of cash.

The latest in a string of brazen robberies, the Hastings Point hold-up comes less than two weeks after the daylight hold-up at Kingscliff's Summerland Credit Union and one month after staff at Maries Pizza in Tweed Heads were robbed at knife-point.

Witnesses to the Hastings Point hold-up say the man was wearing a green shirt, grey board shorts and a blue baseball cap.

The man, believed to be in his mid-thirties, entered the service station on Tweed Coast Road at about 8.30pm.

He then threatened staff with a knife, demanding cash before fleeing on foot along Tweed Coast Road.

Police say they are looking for a man who is caucasian in appearance with short brown hair, brown eyes and with a medium-to- solid build.

Nobody was injured during the robbery and police would not disclose the amount of money stolen.

CCTV footage of the robber was released by Tweed police in the hope someone may recognise the man.

Police have yet to capture either of the men involved in the two earlier armed robberies on the Tweed this year.

On January 29 a man believed to be approximately 45 years old threatened staff at Summerland Credit Union on Marine Parade with a handgun before fleeing with a sum of cash.

On January 9 staff and patrons at Maries Pizza were threatened with a 30-centimetre knife by a man dressed in black and wearing a balaclava.

Police could not say if the latest robbery was connected to the earlier incidents.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Tweed Heads Police on (07)5536 0999 or call Crime- stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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