Police uncovered this stolen Nissan Pintara after it was involved in a shooting at Bonville.
Police uncovered this stolen Nissan Pintara after it was involved in a shooting at Bonville.

Armed men fired rifles at vehicle

COFFS Harbour detectives have released more details surrounding a shooting at Bonville, in the hope of turning evidence into arrests.

During the ordeal, two men aged 25 and 35 arranged to meet a man on a Butlers Rd property to purchase two motor cycles about 10pm on Tuesday, February 28.

Arriving there they were met by three men, armed with rifles, who threatened them and demanded cash.

Police were told one of the men was struck with the rifle before the armed men stole the money and fled in a white 1990 model Nissan Pintara.

The two men returned to their own vehicle and gave chase following the Nissan towards Gleniffer Rd where a number of shots were fired at their vehicle.

Police said the stolen Nissan Pintara was later found on Gleniffer Rd and seized by police for forensic examination.

An amount of blood found inside the vehicle is now being tested for DNA comparison.

Detective Senior Sergeant Peter O'Reilly said investigations were advancing, but police need public assistance.

"Detectives are interested in hearing from anyone who saw the white Nissan Pintara in the vicinity of Butler and Gleniffer roads during the evening of Tuesday, February 28," Snr Srgt. O'Reilly said.

"We have released photographs of the Nissan and hope someone might have seen the car parked or being driven around the area and have information about who was driving it.

"There is a possibility that those involved in the robbery may have been injured and attended local medical centres or chemists for treatment or medical supplies.

"Anyone with friends or family who had unexplained injuries around this time is urged to contact police." 

An Armidale man, 24, is currently before the courts for his alleged involvement in the robbery.

He was charged with robbery in company whilst armed with a dangerous weapon and is due to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court next Tuesday.

Anyone with information or who saw the stolen Nissan can call Coffs Harbour Detectives via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police say anonymous information will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.



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