Youths held up the Simpson Drive bottle shop in Bilambil Heights.
Youths held up the Simpson Drive bottle shop in Bilambil Heights. James Perkins

Bottle shop robbed at knife point

A GROUP of teenage skateboarders have become witnesses to an armed robbery on a sunny Sunday afternoon journey to get hot chips.

The boys, aged between 12 and 15 years old, were skating along Simpson Drive at Bilambil Heights when three knife-wielding robbers ran straight past them yesterday.

The men had just held up a nearby bottle-shop and were running down the street with knives in hand and dropping bottles of alcohol onto the footpath as they escaped.

Thankfully, the robbers ignored the boys as they headed in a south-easterly direction down the street.

“They just sprinted straight past,” the skaters said.

The boys said the offenders had six-packs under each arm as they ran.

They described the largest knife as being about one-foot long.

“They’ve taken the till and a heap of Jim Beam from the cellars.

“I knew pretty much as soon as they ran off they had stolen something, but didn’t realise about the knife until later.”

The men were described as being Aboriginal in appearance, aged in their mid-20s or early 30s and were wearing hoodies.

One or more of them may have had a beard.

“They were big dudes,” one of the skaters said.

Other witnesses were being interviewed by police at the scene yesterday afternoon and investigations were continuing last night.

Police couldn’t comment on the incident yesterday.

It is understood CCTV footage obtained from the bottle shop may be able to help identify the offenders.



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