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Armed hold-up shock

Tuesday, 24th June, 2014

Pepe’s Milk Bar was the scene of an armed hold-up on Sunday night. Pepe’s Milk Bar was the scene of an armed hold-up on Sunday night.

By Nick Gibbs

A female deli attendant has been left shaken after she was threatened by two masked men armed with a tyre lever on Sunday night.

The robbers entered Pepe’s Milk Bar in Patton Street in South Broken Hill about 7pm, demanding cash.

Manager Talika Lewis was surprised by the relatively early time that the robbers struck and said that although both employees were physically unharmed, the hostile nature of the offence had been emotionally damaging.

“They are both really shaken up,” Ms Lewis said.

The men got away with about $200 after demanding the attendant open the till and place the money on the counter, according to Ms Lewis, who was thankful the younger of the two employees had been in the cool room at the time, sparing her exposure to the crime. 

She recalled a similar incident around six years ago when the deli was held up by a bandit with a knife, but said she generally felt safe at work.

“We have two employees working all the time,” she said.

The store’s CCTV footage revealed two males wearing hooded jumpers with baseball caps and bandanas over their faces to hide their identity, Ms Lewis said.

Detective Acting Inspector Matt McCarthy said police were investigating the hold-up.

“Police have been following up a number of inquiries last night and today and investigations are continuing,” he told the BDT yesterday. 

Inspector McCarthy said that, generally, the robbing of local businesses was an unusual occurrence in the city. 

However, the Pepe’s robbery was the fourth in the South in less than 12 months.

Two youths are charged with holding up the Southern Oasis Bottle Shop at knifepoint on Thursday, April 24. 

Late last year, an opportunistic thief stole cash from an unattended register at the Brightwater Aquarium and Pet Supplies on Wednesday, December 4.

And the Oasis was also hit on August 14 last year when a male in a balaclava and armed with a baseball bat demanded cash before leaving on foot with a small sum of money and bottles of spirits.

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