Police believe this man can help with their inquiries.
Police believe this man can help with their inquiries.

Hunt for armed robber

THREE Coffs Harbour businesses have been held up at gunpoint in recent weeks and police believe this man holds the information they need.

Captured on in-store security footage, he is wanted for questioning in relation to the string of armed robberies, where staff were threatened with a shortened firearm.

The first armed hold-up happened at the Northside Shopping Centre supermarket on Park Beach Road on Tuesday, January 25, about 6.55pm.

A store attendant was held up by a man wielding a firearm, who obtained an amount of cash and ran from the store through a nearby reserve.

Then on Thursday, February 3, an insurance firm was hit on Harbour Drive around 4.20pm.

Police said once again a man acted alone, threatened staff with a firearm and left the store after obtaining cash.

The third and latest armed robbery happened at the Bray Street supermarket on Friday, February 18, about 8.15pm.

Coffs Clarence Crime Manager Cameron Lindsay said this time two offenders were involved.

Detective Inspector Lindsay said staff were allegedly threatened with a firearm before the offenders got away with an undisclosed sum of money.

“Police are concerned about these armed robberies, and any crime for that matter where someone is using a firearm in such a fashion,” Det Insp Lindsay said.

“We believe people in the community have information that can help us identify the offenders behind these armed robberies and we are appealing for assistance.”

Inspector Lindsay said it’s thought the offenders may have cased the businesses, monitoring staff and customer movements and assessing security prior to the robberies.

He said store and businesses owners on the Coffs Coast should be mindful of the recent robberies and take notice of anyone acting suspiciously in the area.

The man, photographed, is described as being about 180-185cm tall, Caucasian in appearance, medium build and aged about 20 to 25 years. He is described as having light hair.

The offenders wore hooded jumpers and covered their faces during the robberies in an attempt to disguise their appearance.

Anyone with any information should contact Coffs Harbour police station via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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