Emerald robber ?armed
AN intruder crashing through the plate glass window of the Emerald Beach General Store woke many of the residents of the beachside community around 4am yesterday.
The store's tall, fit owner, John Gantevoort, fended off the knife-wielding robber with a metal rubbish bin after the intruder, muffled in dark clothes, dropped the shop's cashbox trying to escape, but returned and tried to retrieve it. The 52-year-old store owner said the tall, thin and agile intruder's persistence was the most frightening thing about the experience, as the man had only given up and run away up Fiddaman Road into Fishermans Drive when five neighbours arrived.
Mr Gantevoort and his wife were woken at the shop residence by their 15-year-old daughter Sara after she heard a noise, followed by the loud crash of breaking glass in the shop. The family set off the burglar alarm and the shop owner yelled at the man inside to 'get out'.
The commotion brought neighbours on to the scene and the would-be robber fled, with a very small amount of cash and some bruises.
The Emerald Beach store has been left with a broken front door and a broken till and the owner says he will now upgrade the shop's security 'to the next level'.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, saying the same person, believed to be in his 20s, could be responsible for two earlier break-ins at Woolgoolga, when someone stole an empty cash tin from the Beach Street newsagency and someone stole a small amount of cash from the Beach Street dental surgery.