CCTV FOOTAGE REVIEWED
DETECTIVES are reviewing CCTV footage in a bid to track down an armed offender who robbed a local tavern of its takings and locked an employee in a safe.
The hooded man struck the Amaroo Tavern in Moree just before 1am on Wednesday, fleeing in a flash after he got what he came for.
Police believe he acted alone, waiting until staff had packed up and gone for the night.
Moree police Inspector Stuart Campbell said the manager locked and secured the tavern at 12.45am.
“Soon after he left the property an alarm was activated,” Inspector Campbell said.
“This notified another employee, who contacted the manager.”
Just 15 minutes later the manager returned to the tavern and found the back door had been forced open.
“He patrolled the premises but couldn’t locate anyone,” Inspector Campbell said.
“He phoned the employee and while he was on the phone, he was confronted by a man who was armed with an edged weapon. The manager dropped the phone and was directed by the male to a safe at the rear of the premises.
Police said once inside, the offender got into the safe and stole a large amount of cash.
He then locked the manager in the safe before fleeing on foot, but it’s unknown in what direction.
Luckily the manager wasn’t hurt during the incident and was freed by an employee who arrived at the scene shortly after.
Forensic crews have combed the scene looking for clues and detectives have canvassed the area in a search for witnesses.
Police obtained CCTV and are reviewing the images in an effort to try and identify the hooded offender but they need public help.