Police call for robbery witnesses
THE brazen armed robbery of a security guard in Coffs Harbour continues to baffle local detectives.
They have mounted an ongoing investigation into Monday’s daring daylight heist outside the McDonald’s North restaurant which stunned customers and staff.
Coffs/Clarence investigations manager Detective Senior Sergeant Peter O’Reilly said detectives had taken a series of witness statements but more people were urged to come forward.
“We are pleading with anyone who has not already given us information to please do so,” Sergeant O’Reilly said.
“Any information to help us solve this case is welcome and we are urging people to contact Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
The dramatic events unfolded about 10am when two men wearing hoodies with their faces covered confronted the guard in the restaurant car park as he approached his vehicle.
The bandits produced a small wooden bat during the robbery in full view of diners. The security guard escaped injury but he appeared visibly shaken when interviewed by detectives.
Police said the offenders took off with a bag containing weekend takings from the restaurant.
One diner told police he noticed the getaway car approach as the security guard exited the store.
Police converged on the restaurant within minutes of the robbery and established a crime scene, with officers patrolling Park Beach and elsewhere in the city looking for the getaway car.
Police in neighbouring centres were also alerted along with fast food chains amid fears the bandits could strike again.
The robbery was captured on CCTV and the offenders are thought to be aged in their 20s or 30s.