McDonald's heist 'well planned'
FAST food chains are on high alert on the North Coast after masked robbers pulled off ‘a well planned and executed’ heist, robbing a security guard outside a Coffs Harbour McDonald’s.
Eye witnesses said the bandits produced a small wooden bat during yesterday’s brazen robbery, in full view of diners at the Park Beach restaurant about 10am.
The security guard escaped injury but appeared visibly shaken when interviewed by detectives.
Police said the offenders made away with a bag containing weekend takings from the restaurant.
Two men, wearing hoodies with their faces covered, were seen to confront the guard in the restaurant car park, as he approached his vehicle.
“Someone yelled out ‘look there’s a robbery happening’,” said one witness.
“I saw a man struggling with the security guard, trying to snatch the bag, then the other man approached with a small baseball bat.”
Another diner told police he noticed the getaway car approached as the security guard exited the store.
“They parked next to the security vehicle and it was over in about 10 seconds – it looked well planned and executed,” he said. “The two men jumped into a white Commodore and they were off. There may have been a driver, but I’m not sure, it happened so quickly.”
Police arrived on the scene within minutes of the robbery.
A crime scene was established and officers patrolled Park Beach and elsewhere in Coffs Harbour looking for the getaway car.
Police in neighbouring centres were also alerted along with fast food chains, amid fears the bandits could strike again.
Coffs Harbour Detective Inspector Chris Clarke said the offenders may have staked out security pick-ups at the restaurant.
“This appears to be a well-thought-out robbery,” Insp. Clarke said.
“The offenders were seen leaving the scene in a white Holden Commodore station wagon.
“We are calling on anyone who has seen a vehicle matching that description near the restaurant or doing laps in the area to come forward and assist police with their investigation.”
The robbery was captured on closed-circuit security footage and the offenders are thought to be aged in their 20s or 30s.
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.