Crime Manager Det Insp Shane Diehm.
Crime Manager Det Insp Shane Diehm.

Robbery link investigated

TWEED Heads detectives are investigating whether there are any connections between two armed robberies in two days.

The Banora Point Cafe on the Pacific Highway was yesterday held up by a man wielding a one-foot knife.

And on Tuesday afternoon a gunman unsuccessfully held up a Minjungbal Drive Newsagency.

Detective Inspector Shane Diehm said while the area is not experiencing a massive spike in robberies, one is too many.

“It’s still dangerous and we’re putting as much resources onto them as we can,” he said.

“We’re treating them as individual but not ruling out that they are related.”

Police did not disclose what was taken in the robberies.

Yesterday’s incident took place about 12.50pm. A male person dressed in all black with his face covered by a black bandana entered the shop carrying a knife about one foot in length. The male attempted to open the till in the shop.

The male is described as being in his early 20s about 187cm tall, Caucasian, and medium build. Investigators believe the male person was in the near vicinity of the shop for some time prior to committing the offence.

Tuesday’s offender is described as about 170cm tall, Caucasian, solid to stocky build. At the time he was wearing a black beanie, black sunglasses, a black bandana, black long pants and a black long sleeve shirt. He was in possession of a black leather satchel.

Police are also looking for a violet coloured vehicle possibly a Subaru bearing NSW plates AM65XI in relation to that incident.

No persons were injured as a result of either of the incidents.

Investigators are following a number of lines of inquiry and forensic examinations are being conducted.

Police are appealing for anyone with any information or who may have witnessed either of the incidents to contact Tweed Heads Detectives on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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