Police probe morning robberies

Police are appealing for information from the public after two robberies in Armidale this morning.

The first incident happened about 1.30am at a service station on Queen Elizabeth Drive. Police have been told two men, with their faces covered, confronted the woman attendant. They threatened her with a knife, demanding cigarettes and cash from the till. She complied and they ran from the area. Police recovered a stolen car later that morning in nearby Alexander Street. It has been seized for forensic examination.

The second incident happened about 4am at a University on Queen Elizabeth Drive.

A university security guard approached two men who looked like they were attempting to break into a vehicle. One of the men punched the security guard in the face and he fell to the ground. The two men got into the security guard’s car, left running nearby, and drove away.

Later that morning police received a report of a car fitting that description hitting the rear of another vehicle along Glen Innes Road. The security car was found later that morning, on fire, in Mann Street.

Police have established crime scenes at the two locations and both cars have been secured for forensic examination. Detectives are canvassing the areas and speaking to those involved. Investigations include whether or not the two robberies are linked.

In the service station robbery, the first man has been described as about 168cms tall, with a medium build, dark eyes, and aged in his late teens to early twenties. He was wearing a dark long sleeve shirt and dark long pants. His face was covered with a blue cloth. He was in possession of a kitchen style knife at the time of this offence. The second man is described as about 170cms tall and heavy set. He was wearing a light blue long sleeve top and light blue long pants. He had a black balaclava or similar covering his face. 

In the university robbery, the man has been described as Aboriginal in appearance, dark skinned with prominent lips, a thin build and aged in his early twenties. He was wearing a black hooded jumper. The second man is described as Aboriginal in appearance with a large obese build, about 168cms tall with short dark hair, aged in his early twenties. He was wearing grey track pants and no shirt.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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