'Same type of crook' hit Yamba

POLICE investigations of recent armed robberies in Yamba and South Grafton have not ruled out links with other similar crimes that have occurred in neighbouring regions.

Detective senior constable Doug Scott said the crimes might be linked, but it was early days in the investigations.

“There’s been no-one identified in any of the robberies, all we can say at the moment is that they look like they’ve been done by the same type of crook,” he said.

In the most recent attack four robbers violently assaulted the assistant manager of the Yamba Golf Club, putting him in hospital.

The robbers escaped after stealing some personal items from their victim.

Just before midnight on December 4 three balaclava-clad men broke into the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club. They threatened two female staff members with a knife and a gun.

They broke into a safe and made off with a large amount of cash.

Det Scott said the crimes bore a similarity to a spate of armed robberies in Northern NSW carried out by a gang loosely based in South Grafton. However, he said this gang had been broken up with three or four members still in jail.



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