Shocked patrons floored by robbers with swords

By CRAIG McTEAR

SAWTELL Bowling Club patrons and staff had the shock of their lives on Tuesday night.

At 9.10pm, two men, each brandishing a sword, walked into the club and ordered patrons to get on the floor.

The bandits threatened staff and demanded cash from the counter and the safe.

Employees handed over an undisclosed amount of cash.

The pair then fled the club with the money, placing it in a black bag with the word Puma written in white text.

Police at this stage do not know which way they went, or if they had transport.

No-one was injured in the hold-up.

One of the men is described as Aboriginal in appearance, with a medium build, wearing a black jumper, black tracksuit pants with a white strip down the right leg, grey/silver joggers, white gloves, and black material tied around his head.

The other is described as having a medium build, wearing a navy blue jacket with the symbol and word Adidas in white writing on the back, dark long pants, white gloves, and light-coloured material tied around his head.

"We are seeking the assistance of anyone who may have been in the area at the time, or anyone who has information about this incident," acting Inspector Peter O'Reilly said.

"We're treating this crime very seriously. There was potential for someone to be hurt." Club management was not commenting on the robbery last night.



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