In Crime by Clyde Mooney

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Police have released CCTV footage of a ram raid armed robbery of the Hotel Queanbeyan in a bid to catch the bandit that fired at employees.

The camera footage shows a dark grey Mitsubishi Triton ute reverse up to an entrance of the pub just after midnight on Thursday 15 November, and crash through glass doors.

Inside, two staff members flee as the driver approaches. One employee runs behind the bar into a room and locks the door.

The masked intruder tries the door, then fires a shot at the lock. The employee subsequently complies and opens the door from inside.

The bandit escapes with an unknown amount of cash, footage showing him get back in the car, drive out through the smashed glass and carpark and onto the street.

Although no-one was injured, Detective Superintendent Daniel Doherty stressed that such situations can have lasting impacts on people that have been traumatised.

“Investigations into this brazen robbery are continuing, to not only arrest those involved, but also to prevent harm being inflicted on an innocent member of the public.”

Doherty says the community is “one of our greatest assets” when seeking certain offenders.

“We are urging anyone who can assist us in identifying those involved, and help to put this thug behind bars, to come forward.”

The vehicle in the video is believed to have been stolen. It was displaying ACT numberplates YHP50E.

CCTV Queanbeyan robbery

Detectives investigating an armed robbery at a licensed venue in Queanbeyan have released CCTV vision in an appeal for public assistance.Just before 12.30am on Thursday 15 November 2018, a utility, believed to have been stolen, smashed through a hotel on Crawford Street and a male exited the vehicle, armed with a firearm.The male fired a shot and threatened staff before stealing cash and fleeing the scene in the utility.No one was physically injured.Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad and Monaro Police District commenced an investigation under Strike Force Corryong.As their inquiries continue, detectives have released CCTV footage from inside the venue and of a vehicle to appeal for information that may assist investigators.The vehicle depicted in the vision has been described as a dark grey Mitsubishi Triton utility with ACT numberplates YHP50E.Robbery and Serious Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Daniel Doherty, said it was sheer luck that there were no serious injuries in this robbery.“Investigations into this brazen robbery are continuing to not only arrest those involved but to also prevent harm being inflicted on an innocent member of the public,” Det Supt Doherty said“Crime can have a lasting impact on a victim; whether it be physical injuries or psychological trauma.“One of our greatest assets is the community and the information they provide. We are urging anyone who can assist us in identifying those involved, and help to put this thug behind bars, to come forward.”Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Corryong investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Posted by NSW Police Force on Wednesday, 12 December 2018