Syringe wielding armed robber arrested

UPDATE, 8.45am: POLICE have arrested a 37-year-old man who allegedly threatened shop attendants with a syringe during an armed robbery in Lismore yesterday afternoon.

Richmond police Inspector Rob Hindle said about 3.30pm the man walked into Foodworks on Leycester St, near Trinity Catholic College, wielding the syringe and demanding the checkout staff open the till.

He took a sum of money and then fled on foot.

After receiving key information, police tracked the man to a Jubilee St address and arrested him about 4pm. 

Contrary to previous reports the man acted alone.

He was refused bail overnight and is scheduled to appear before Lismore Local Court this morning.

INITIAL REPORT: ARMED robbers held up a Lismore supermarket at 3.30pm this afternoon.

Richmond duty officer Inspector Wayne Crotty confirmed the robbery took place at the Foodworks in Leycester St and said an immediate investigation was underway. 

It is unknown what weapons were used and whether the assailants managed to escape with anything.

Inspector Crotty said the incident was unrelated to the hold up of a Ballina bottle shop earlier this week.

More information to come.

Topics:  armed robbery crime

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