POLICE are awaiting forensic results while they search for four men after a brazen robbery in Moree.
Four offenders wearing hooded jumpers arrived at Faulkners Newsagency, Gosport St, in a stolen car just after 10.30am last Friday, before three of the men stormed the shop.
Barwon police acting Inspector Robert Dunn said they verbally threatened a female shop assistant inside.
“They had a verbal altercation and a 64-year-old employee fell to the ground before the till was removed from the front counter,” Acting Inspector Dunn said.”
“Also inside the premises, an 84-year-old male was threatened with a weapon and forced to hand over his wallet, which contained an amount of cash.”
The offenders then fled in a white utility that was stolen earlier that morning from a nearby Gosport St car dealership.
Acting Inspector Dunn said the offenders were later sighted in the southside of Moree.
“Shortly after, the offenders were detected in Jones St, Moree, and pursued on foot by plainclothes police,” he said.
“A 33-year-old male was arrested in Boland Dr for unrelated matters.”
The newsagency was locked down and crime scene police were called in to look for any clues as to the identity of the offenders.
Acting Inspector Dunn said investigators searched a number of areas in the hunt for the offenders.
“Police searched a number of premises on the southside of Moree where they recovered the cash till and an amount of clothing, which will be forensically examined,” he said.
“A white utility that was stolen earlier from another business premise was also secured and towed for a forensic examination.”
Barwon detectives have launched an investigation, according to Acting Inspector Dunn.
“The incident was captured on CCTV from various premises,” Acting Inspector Dunn said.
“Police are reviewing that, in addition to other evidence gathered from various areas.”
The elderly male and shop assistant weren’t injured during the ordeal but were treated for shock at the newsagency by ambulance paramedics.
Anyone that saw anything in Gosport St or Jones St about the time of the incidents, or who has any information about the identity of the offenders, is urged to contact Moree police on 6757 0799 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.