Hunt continues for local predator

POLICE are tight-lipped on how they plan to capture the Coramba predator.

The man is still on the run after trying to abduct two boys in broad daylight in the village this week.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said he would “obviously” not make public details of the police operation.

“It would give the offender an idea of how to evade us,” Mr Lindsay said.

“We are undertaking a number of activities and are following a number of lines of inquiry, not only to prevent this person doing this again, but also to identify who the person is.”

He confirmed media coverage of the case had prompted people to come forward with information.

Never before has the stranger danger awareness campaign in local schools been more vital.

In the first encounter, a nine-year-old was riding his pushbike on the footpath in the main strip, Gale Street, just south of Martin Street, at 4.30pm on Sunday when the man approached him.

He pulled up and asked the youngster to climb into his car.

However, the quick-thinking boy rode home and told his mother, who then contacted triple-0. Police searched for the man to no avail.

The man was described as aged about 50 with a white goatee beard; he was wearing a red and white shirt at the time.

His car is possibly a silver four-wheel-drive and may be a Honda.

A mere 24 hours later and around the corner from the first incident, the man found another potential victim.

A boy, 11, was walking on Duncans Bridge Road about 400 metres from Gale Street at 4pm on Monday when the man drove up beside him.

The boy had found a small dog and the man asked him to get in his car and said he would help him find the owner.

The brave boy had the good sense to walk away and the man drove off in the opposite direction.

The boy didn’t tell anyone until Tuesday when his principal at Coramba Public was running a stranger danger awareness lesson.

He revealed what had happened and police were called. They visited the school to take details.

The boy described the man who approached him as aged 40 to 50, unshaven or with whiskers and driving a silver car.

If you have seen this man or his car, you are urged to contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

In other news, more people have come forward over a police investigation into two armed robberies on the Coffs Coast.

The Advocate on Wednesday published detailed descriptions of the bandits and CCTV footage.

On June 11, two males brandishing knives stormed into Network Video in Coffs Harbour’s Park Avenue at 8.10pm.

They threatened two female staff members and two female customers and fled on foot with money from the cash register.

Both were described as Caucasian in appearance, in their late teens and with slim builds.

Back on June 1, four knife-wielding youths held up the Tank ’n’ Tummy service station on the Pacific Highway at Boambee at 5.20pm.

They threatened two women, stole cash and cigarettes and were seen running towards scrub on the northern side of Bruce King Drive at Boambee East.

Aged in their mid-to-late teens and Caucasian in appearance, they were also seen 20 minutes before the daring heist walking west on Bruce King Drive.

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