A WOMAN accused of attempting to rob a local chemist, armed with a knife, will remain behind bars after failing in her bid for bail.
Elizabeth Lenore Allan, 28, appeared in the dock of Tamworth Local Court yesterday charged with five offences from an incident in Tamworth on Thursday as well as an alleged robbery in Sydney.
Allan applied for bail during the brief court appearance, with a solicitor citing reasons, however it was strongly opposed by police prosecutor Sergeant Matthew Price.
Allan is alleged to have produced a knife when staff at the Southgate Family Pharmacy refused her demands for medication about noon on Thursday.
Pharmacy staff raised the alarm before four police cars arrived on the scene and arrested Allan inside the store.
Allan is facing five charges in total, including attempted robbery armed with an offensive weapon, possessing a prohibited drug, breach of bail and common assault.
Police allege the 28-year-old was in possession of a small amount of cannabis when searched by police, while she’s also accused of spitting on a TV news cameraman when she was led out of the pharmacy by police.
One count of robbery armed with an offensive weapon has been laid against Allan after she allegedly held up a pharmacy in St Marys, Sydney on September 12.
Detectives allege Allan entered the pharmacy on Queen St just after 9am and took an amount of medication, threatening staff with a syringe.
During yesterday’s proceedings, three outstanding offences of assaulting, resisting and intimidating police, originating from Sydney, were transferred back to Penrith for Allan to face court at a later date.
Magistrate Roger Prowse heard brief submissions during the bail application but refused the request, citing protection of the community was needed.
Allan is yet to enter any pleas and will remain in custody until she fronts Tamworth Local Court on November 13.