Car-jacked at knife point

A BRAZEN thief used a large knife to car-jack a vehicle.

Tweed Byron Police Inspector Jim Kain said the armed robbery occurred about 5.55pm on Wednesday in a Centro Tweed Shopping Centre carpark in Tweed Heads.

“It's alleged a male armed with a long-bladed knife confronted a couple as they were getting into their car,” Insp Kain said.

“He threatened them and demanded the keys to the car.”

Insp Kain said the couple handed over their keys and the man drove away.

“The car is a 2007 blue Audi sedan.

“The person is described as between 20 to 25 years old, Caucasian, about 1.76m (5ft 8in) tall and solid build, with a roundish face and scruffy appearance.

“He was wearing a blue singlet and had a cap on.”

Insp Kain said police were trying to obtain closed circuit television footage and investigations were continuing.

Anyone with information which may help police identify the man or the whereabouts of the stolen car is urged to contact Tweed Heads Police on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Insp Kain said armed car-jackings were becoming common in areas such as Sydney.

“It's because a lot of these new cars won't start without the key. But it's unusual for this area.”

Tweed Byron Crime Manager Detective Inspector Shane Diehm said people should try to remain calm if they're in the same situation.

“It's better to comply and make a mental note of as many details as you can and write them down at the earliest convenience,” Det Insp Diehm said.

Centro Tweed management was unable to comment.

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