He should've gone back to get his hat

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.

Topics:  armed robbery coffs clarence local area command nsw police ulmarra

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