Friday, 19th January, 2018
By Michael Murphy
A bandit who robbed the North post office on Wednesday remained at large yesterday as police renewed calls for the public to come forward with information.
The robber entered the McCulloch Street shopfront about 11.45am and assaulted the 75-year-old licensee before fleeing with cash.
The incident generated huge public interest and residents posted hundreds of comments online about the attack, mostly concerning the elderly victim.
“There was a strong outpouring of support for him, which is very commendable,” Detective Inspector Michael Fuller said yesterday afternoon.
“But at this stage we have not received any information that can assist our investigation.”
He said it was vital for people to come forward with any clues, no matter how trivial they may seem.
DI Fuller also urged those living in the vicinity to check any CCTV footage they may have and give it to police.
He said it was possible the robber may have been casing the post office beforehand, so information about the days leading up to the heist was also welcome.
DI Fuller said this type of crime was rare in the Silver City.
“(But) it’s important to solve this, and put whoever has done it before the court.”
The last time an elderly businessman was attacked in Broken Hill was in May, 2015, when the 76-year-old publican of the All Nations Hotel was bashed and robbed. Two men pleaded guilty to that crime and were sent to jail.
The previous year an unknown assailant pulled a knife in the South Hotel in Patton Street. He punched the barman in the side of the head, and stole a large sum of cash from the register before fleeing. It was the night of the South Football Club’s oldtimers’ function.
That crime has not been solved.
The elderly victim of Wednesday’s attack did not need medical treatment afterwards.
Police have released a description of a “person of interest”. He is of solid build, unshaven, wearing a red-coloured beanie, and of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance.
The North Post office re-opened for business yesterday.
* Anyone with information can contact local police or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.