Thieves took off with nearly $5000 worth of stock from Yamba Surf Centre on Sunday morning.
Thieves took off with nearly $5000 worth of stock from Yamba Surf Centre on Sunday morning.

Daylight robbery shock

A BOLD robbery by four men in broad daylight has left a young shop assistant more cranky than scared, after the thieves took off with stock worth nearly $5000 last Sunday from Yamba Surf Centre.

Three of the men, described as well-dressed, in their 20s and “unsuspicious”, kept Hannah Smith busy at the counter, asking for a closer look at watches from the display cabinet while the other took six jackets and three wetsuits from the clothes racks.

“I had no reason to be suspicious,” Ms Smith said.

“They were my first customers of the day and were quite well-dressed.

“They looked like they’d just come from the Gold Coast.”

The four men fled the shop, taking with them four watches from the counter in addition to the clothes.

“A couple of them tripped over on work being done on the footpath outside the shop and then ran up High Street,” Ms Smith said. “I followed them out and then realised I had left the shop unattended so I ran back in and called the police.”

The police arrived at the scene two hours later and have since fingerprinted the shop.

Yamba Surf Centre’s owner Emma Jones said security cameras were to be installed at the shop this week.

“Our other two shops have cameras installed already,” she said. “I believe they knew this and chose to rob us on a Sunday when there was no one around and only one assistant rostered on.

“They took clothes in their sizes and had obviously had it all planned – it was all over by 9.20am.”

Ms Smith said she had grown up in the area and the men were definitely not local.

Police were unavailable for comment.



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