A SATURDAY night hold-up at a Corowa bottle shop has left a store attendant shaken and police on the hunt for the knife-wielding bandit.
Police said a man wearing a dark jacket and blue gloves walked into the bottle shop attached to the Globe Hotel in Sanger Street at 7.10pm on Saturday.
The man, who kept his head covered, brandished a knife and demanded cash from the store attendant before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash as well as cigarettes.
There were no customers in the store.
Albury police are investigating and Inspector David Cottee said while the attendant was physically unharmed, it was a frightening incident.
“He was obviously very shaken from the incident and being confronted by a man quite suddenly with a knife presented at him,” Insp Cottee said.
The policeman described the incident as “gutless” from a man who was clearly desperate.
He said there was huge potential for injury.
“Obviously it’s the level of desperation that makes it quite dangerous because they’re not quite sure what that person will do,” he said.
Insp Cottee said the bottle shop was forced to close its doors for the night on one of the busiest trading periods of the week following the incident.
“So not only did they lose that cash they lost potential takings for the evening,” he said.
Insp Cottee said the Globe Hotel had not
experienced anything like it before.
“The owner has been there for 20 years and hasn’t had an incident like this before,” he said.
Police conducted extensive patrols of the surrounding area following the incident and spoke to a number of people at the scene, but, as of last night, no arrests had been made.
Police said they were pursuing a “number of lines of inquiry”.
They urged anyone who saw any part of the incident, or a man fitting the description in the area to phone them, as well as anyone with information about the crime.
Information can be passed on by phoning Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the online reporting page at crimestoppers.com.au.