Police hunt bandit after Raymond Terrace service station hold-up

Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at a Raymond Terrace petrol station, which became physical between the bandit and a staff member.

A man entered the Adelaide Street business about 7.10pm on Friday and approached the counter, police said.

He asked for a pack of cigarettes before he allegedly threatened the male staff member with what appeared to be a firearm and demanded cash and cigarettes.

The would-be thief jumped the counter, before struggling with the worker who managed to escape from the premises.

The staff member returned, police said, and a further struggle took place.

The bandit ran from the store empty-handed and fled the scene on a bike.

No customers were inside the business at the time and no-one was hurt.

A crime scene was established and several items were seized for forensic testing including a paintball pistol in the shape of a firearm, a cap, a bag and a bicycle helmet.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged between 20 and 25 years old, around 180cm tall, with red hair and a medium build.

He was last seen wearing a brown hooded jumper, brown pants and black shoes.

extracted from Newcastle Herald

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