Identity of axe-wielding meat attack woman remains a mystery
Updated report, September 30: TWEED police have been unable to identify a woman who threatened shoppers at Coles Murwillumbah with an axe on Friday.
Tweed-Byron Local Area Command Inspector Jim Kain said an examination of CCTV had not helped.
"Police are continuing with their inquires," he said.
A Coles spokeswoman said they would not be making any comment as the matter was under police investigation.
Speculation about the woman's identity is rife on social media.
The woman allegedly pulled an axe out in the supermarket after she was approached about shoplifting $500 worth of meat.
She escaped before police arrived.
The meat was found floating in a Knox Park pond by rangers a short time later.
Initial report, September 28: A WOMAN armed with an axe threatened Coles Murwillumbah shoppers in a bizarre fit of rage yesterday.
Tweed police Inspector Gary Cowan said the woman was seen shoplifting a trolley full of meat from the store about 10am.
At 11am, when she came back a second time, the situation escalated quickly after someone questioned her about the copious amounts of meat in her trolley.
"The offender pulled yellow handled axe swung at at someone in the store," Insp Cowan said.
"The woman ran away."
The first load of shoplifted meat was found floating in Knox Park pond by rangers a short time later.
The estimated value of the stolen meat was $500.
Insp Cowan said police were making further inquires about the offender.
"Anyone who was in the store who witnessed the event should contact Murwilumbah police or Crime Stoppers," he said.
The offender is described as in her mid 30s, mid length brown hair, 155cm tall and of a solid build.
No one was hurt in the store and Insp Cowan could not confirm if the store was locked down.
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