Sixty-nine year old Robert Lindsay, part owner of the Casino Service Centre, scared off a would-be robber from his shop on Thursday night with a broom.
Sixty-nine year old Robert Lindsay, part owner of the Casino Service Centre, scared off a would-be robber from his shop on Thursday night with a broom. Doug Eaton

See your machete, raise a broom

MANY may think a broom handle is no match for a machete, but not Robert Lindsay.

The brave 69-year-old used the common household sweeping tool to scare off an armed teenager who attempted to hold-up his business on Thursday night.

Mr Lindsay, co-owner of the Liberty Service Station in Casino, was getting ready to close his Centre St business at 7.15pm when he was greeted by the intruder.

"He was behind the counter and the first rule here is never go behind the counter," he said.

A teenage boy, aged between 14 and 16 years, entered the service station armed with a machete and demanded cash from Mr Lindsay.

"I went out the back to knock off and I came back out and he came in with a knife," Mr Lindsay said.

"He asked for the money and I said 'you are going to have to fight me for it'."

Mr Lindsay picked up a broom and threatened the thief.

"He took off quick then and I couldn't chase him," Mr Lindsay said.

"He was only about 14 or 15 and he just caught me by surprise. He just wanted some money, but he left empty-handed.

"It only took 20 seconds. He took 10 steps in and 10 steps back out the door."

Mr Lindsay said he had trouble with people breaking windows and stealing items in the past, but had never had a confrontation like this.

"He was only a young person," he said.

"If he was a bit older, I might have thought differently about it."

It was business as normal for the Casino resident who went straight back to work for the night shift yesterday.

The brazen thief was still on the run yesterday. Police said the youth was described as being 14-16 years old, of Caucasian appearance, 165cm-170cm tall and with a thin build.

At the time he was wearing dark pants with a white stripe, a white beanie and had his face covered.

Police are appealing for anyone who may be able to identify the man to contact Casino police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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