Police release images of robbery

The armed robbers, who held-up the Urunga Bowling Club in June are believed to be locals, police say.
The armed robbers, who held-up the Urunga Bowling Club in June are believed to be locals, police say.

DETECTIVES have today released security footage showing the offenders who held-up the Urunga Bowling Club in June, in the hope the vision cracks the case.

Police say its thought the three men may live in the local area and hope they can be identified with public assistance.

In a violent armed robbery the masked men forced their way through the rear door of the licensed club in Bonville St on Sunday, June 17 shortly after 10pm.

They were armed with a rifle, a knife and a jemmy bar.

Five staff members were able to secure themselves in the safe room during the incident but the offenders detained four other employees of the club's restaurant.

A 59-year-old male employee was struck with a jemmy bar and the offenders took a quantity of cash from the restaurant and fled from the rear of the premises.

The injured man was treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics and taken to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital.

Detectives from the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command investigating the case hope the release of CCTV footage from inside the club will led to a breakthrough.

"This was a violent robbery which led to one man being hospitalised and numerous other employees suffering fear and distress, but we have not yet been able to identify the men involved," Coffs/Clarence Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said.

"We are releasing the CCTV today in the hope that someone may be able to identify the men through their clothing, mannerisms and physical builds.

"At this stage we do believe the offenders could be local to the Coffs/Clarence area and we are confident someone out there will know who these men are."

Information on the offenders can be anonymously given to Coffs Harbour detectives via Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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