THE SIGN SAYS IT ALL: The quiet scenes at Mylestom General Store yesterday were in stark contrast to the dramatic events of Wednesday.
THE SIGN SAYS IT ALL: The quiet scenes at Mylestom General Store yesterday were in stark contrast to the dramatic events of Wednesday. Rob Wright

Robbed but not without a fight!

ANNETTE Morrison is still shaking.

The manager of the Mylestom general store can’t believe she wrestled on the floor with a thief on Wednesday afternoon.

Annette was on duty when a man and a woman walked in around 4.30pm on Wednesday.

Her young shop assistant Danielle Smith was cooking out the back.

Mrs Morrison asked the pair if they were okay and they told her they were browsing.

What happened next is still too hard to tell, so her husband, Bob, picks up the story.

“The man then followed Annette to the office where she was to count the day’s takings,” Bob said.

He passed the safe and when he found it unlocked, pulled it open and grabbed a cash box.

“There was a scuffle between him and Annette and he was defending himself,” Bob added.

“She grabbed him and wouldn’t let go and he wouldn’t let go of the cash box.

“She was hanging on to his shirt and he was swinging his elbow to fend her off.

“She had to let go when they reached the front of the shop. By that stage Annette was screaming for someone to stop them.”

The man and woman fled the store but a quick-thinking customer sitting out the front waiting for his meal managed to tackle the woman to the ground.

She wriggled free and the man again tackled her and held her until an off-duty police officer summoned to the scene arrived and took over while waiting for colleagues to answer the triple zero call..

The male offender jumped into a getaway car where a male accomplice was waiting and they sped off.

Bob was working with a mate at Dairyville when he took the call telling him of the robbery.

“The first thing I thought of was something had happened to Annette,” Bob said.

“It was rather a relief to know, when it’s all boiled down, that it was just a robbery and that nobody was hurt.”

Bob and Annette are due to to begin a once in a lifetime trip around Australia in three weeks time.

Hopefully, Annette should be well on the way to getting over the nasty encounter she had with a robber by then. • The silver Holden Commodore with Queensland registration containing the two men was spotted later on Wednesday evening at Kempsey and chased by police.

However the high-speed pursuit was terminated for safety reasons.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, alleged the car was stolen in Queensland earlier this week.

“We will also allege the man and woman who entered the store were involved in fraud-related offences in Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Yamba on Wednesday when they used stolen credit cards,” Mr Lindsay told the Coffs Coast Advocate.

The man who robbed the Mylestom shop is described by NSW Police as of Middle Eastern in appearance, aged in his late 20s to early 30s with a medium build.

A woman, 28, from Lawnton in Queensland, was charged with stealing, goods in custody and taking and using a conveyance yesterday.



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