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Post office robbed

Thursday, 18th January, 2018

Police establish a crime scene in McCulloch Street yesterday. Police establish a crime scene in McCulloch Street yesterday.

By Michael Murphy

Police were yesterday hunting a bandit who robbed the North post office about 11.45am.

A throng of police descended on the McCulloch Street shopping strip after the male robber assaulted the elderly business owner and fled with cash.

Police said the victim, 75, was alone in the shop when the robber struck, but did not require medical help after the attack.

Police taped off the store up to the footpath to protect the crime scene and turned back a constant stream of customers as they approached to pick up parcels.

Nettings Chemist next door remained open, as did Miani’s store on the corner. 

Police spoke with nearby business owners asking them for CCTV footage. They also appealed to others in the area with CCTV, including residents in Williams Street, to come forward with their vision.

“Anyone who may have been in the vicinity or travelling through the area at the time of this incident who can assist police (is also asked to come forward),” Detective Inspector Michael Fuller said in a statement.

“Police are also seeking information from the public about any person or persons seen acting suspiciously around this location in the last few days.”

Police released a description yesterday afternoon of “a person who may be able to assist with inquiries”.

He is described as being male of solid build, unshaven, wearing a red-coloured beanie, and of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance.

The man was last seen in McCulloch Street.

The owner of the North post office is well known in the city.

He has run the North post office since 1967, initially at the corner of McCulloch and Lane streets, before moving up the road to the McCulloch Street strip about 32 years ago.

The popular postal worker received a massive wave of support online when news of the robbery broke yesterday.

“This is a bloody joke, he is a wonderful man ... love the service there. We all support our North post office, I’m devastated to read this,” wrote ‘Kelza’ on Facebook.

“No morals, manners or damn given from way too many scumbags - not happy. Beautiful man did not deserve this,” said Corey.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Broken Hill Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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