LEAVING behind a hat at the scene of a crime has led to a man being arrested for an armed robbery.
Police have charged a man over the armed robbery of a newsagency at Ulmarra earlier this year after a DNA match from a hat dropped at the scene.
Police will allege in court that about 6.20am on Friday, March 14, a man armed with a hammer entered the newsagency on Coldstream St in Ulmarra.
The man demanded cash before allegedly punching the male owner.
The armed man fled empty-handed. A hat was dropped at the scene.
Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command commenced an investigation and seized the hat for forensic investigation.
Last week, police were notified they had a DNA match.
On Tuesday, police executed a search warrant at a home on North Street in Grafton and arrested a 43-year-old man.
He has been charged with assault with intent to rob armed with an offensive weapon and refused bail to appear at Maclean Local Court today.