Shaken: Doria Hulbert talks to a police officer after the robbery.
Shaken: Doria Hulbert talks to a police officer after the robbery. Bruce Thomas

Boambee armed robbers on the run

FIVE knife-wielding bandits who held up a Boambee service station this week remain on the run.

The gang stormed the Tank ’n’ Tummy, aka Ivan’s Variety and Convenience Store, on the Pacific Highway at 5.15pm on Tuesday and threatened great grandmother Doria Hulbert and shop assistant Helen Lackie who were both behind the counter.

The young men had their faces covered with shirts at the time.

A feisty Doria, 86, told the one who menaced her: “You haven’t got enough sense to use that (the knife). You’ll be put behind bars. Help yourself to what you want, then bugger off.”

One of the thugs, who had a green t-shirt with eye and mouth slits over his head, demanded they open the register.

The robbers got away with more than 50 cigarette packets and almost $700 in cash but dropped two of the packets as they fled.

Police hope these can be fingerprinted.

Doria followed them outside despite the ordeal and saw what looked like an ’80s model white station wagon driving away.

The group is further described as Caucasian in appearance, in their mid to late teens with slim builds.

If you know who the youths are, or if you saw them running east towards scrub behind the Boambee East Community Centre on Bruce King Drive, contact Coffs Harbour detectives on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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