Police 'scream' after masked bandit
AFTER three significant armed robbery arrests in recent weeks, police want to catch this offender, who at gun-point held-up Coffs Harbour's United service station earlier this month.
Coffs Harbour detectives yesterday released security images of the man, who wore a distinctive "Scream" mask and armed himself with an old-style sawn-off shotgun.
Police said the man entered the service station on Thursday, November 3 about 11.35pm.
He pointed the 76cm-long firearm at an attendant and got away with cash from the store till and the staff member's wallet.
No shots were fired and police raced to the scene and conducted an extensive search of the area, but the man got away on foot and was last seen running towards the Jetty strip.
The man is thought to have dark skin, aged between 18 and 20 years old, about 170cm tall, with a slim build, wearing a long hooded blue rain jacket.
Police are investigating whether this incident might be related to a number of other armed robberies in the area.
Detectives are stepping up their case to catch the offender after recent successes in armed robbery investigations on the Coffs Coast.
A man is before the courts charged with six robberies at banks and credits on the Mid North Coast after his arrest in Nelson Bay on Tuesday, while two men have also been charged with a robbery and abduction at a Mylestom club in 2009.
Anyone with information about the United robbery or who may know the offender should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.