Gang of thieves on Nth Coast?

POLICE say it’s too early to tell whether the attempted armed robbery and vicious assault at the Yamba Golf and Country Club on Monday are linked to two armed robberies in the region last month.

On December 4, three heavily disguised and armed men entered the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club, threatened staff and stole cash.

Three days later four armed and disguised male robbers attacked a staff member at the Wauchope Country Club and stole cash.

Police confirmed there were some similarities between the armed robberies, but with investigations still under way, it was too early to link the three.

SOUTH GRAFTON

December 4 – Three men armed with a gun and knives robbed the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club just before midnight and threatened staff.

The men forced two female bar staff into a cash room. The men stole a substantial sum of cash before fleeing.

The thieves were covered from head to foot in dark clothing, including balaclavas, gloves and hoods.

Police have CCTV footage from the incident and investigations are continuing.

WAUCHOPE

December 7 – Four armed robbers entered the Wauchope Country Club at about 9.30pm, armed with a tomahawk and a rifle.

A male staff member was struck on the shoulder with the back of the tomahawk before being forced to open several pokie machines.

The man and a female staff member were then ordered into the main office and forced to open the walk-in safe. They were locked inside as the robbers fled the scene with an amount of cash.

All four robbers had their faces covered.

Police have CCTV footage from the incident and investigations are continuing.

YAMBA

January 4 – Four heavily disguised men broke into the Yamba Golf and Country Club at around 1am. They were believed to be armed.

Three staff members attempting to flee from the club were chased by the men.

The four men caught one staff member and seriously assaulted him using a fire extinguisher and other items.

Nothing was taken from the club, but police said the attackers stole a number of personal items from the victim before fleeing.

The four men wore hooded jumpers, long pants and gloves.

Police have CCTV footage from the incident and investigations are continuing.



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