Axe-wielding bandit traumatises store workers
UPDATE: THE owner of the Boundary Convenience Store says her biggest concern is the well-being of the two staff members confronted by the axe-wielding thief.
Alison Duff said the employees had been left traumatised by the incident.
"I feel so bad for them," she said.
"They did the right thing by following the man's instructions and giving him the cash from the till and cigarettes he demanded.
"Neither of them are at work today and I won't be rushing them, they are my main concern now."
Mrs Duff, who had just left the shop and arrived home when she received the call about the robbery, said the man's face was covered and he had used the axe to smash the glass panel in the food preparation area.
"When that happened the girls realised he was serious," she said.
When the man left the shop, one of the staff members ran outside to get the registration number of the thief's vehicle.
"There would normally be one or two cars and customers around at that time, but as it happened there was no-one else about," Mrs Duff said.
"On April 1 it had been 12 months since I have been here, we've done a lot in that time, and nothing like this has happened to us.
"I'll have to have a serious look at our security."
EARLIER: AN axe-wielding thief who held up a general store in Grafton is still on the loose, according to police.
Coffs Clarence Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said a male armed with an axe held up the store at about 3pm on Monday (April 4).
"About 3pm yesterday afternoon a general store on Queen St, Grafton was held up by a male person who was armed with an axe," Insp Jameson said.
"He threatened two female staff members and the axe was used to smash a glass petition. The person of interest offender fled with a small amount of cash and some cigarettes.
"Detectives from Coffs Clarence Local Area Command commenced an investigation and are looking for a male described as being possibly 185cm tall and of thin build.
"He was wearing a dark hooded jumper and long pants at the time of the robbery and had his face covered with some material.
"Police are also looking for information on a silver or blue small sedan which was involved in the robbery.
The vehicle was last seen going in a northerly direction along Queen St-Lawrence Rd."
Anyone with information should contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.