UPDATE: Distinctive blue kitchen knife in robbery attempt at Newmarket Hotel

TARGETED: The bottle shop next to the Newmarket Hotel. Picture: BLAIR THOMSON
TARGETED: The bottle shop next to the Newmarket Hotel. Picture: BLAIR THOMSON

POLICE are still working to track down two men who tried to rob the Newmarket Hotel bottleshop with a blue kitchen knife.

The pair attended the Cellarbrations drive through as staff were closing the business about 10pm on Friday.

Both were wearing hoodies and one had a large knife with a blue handle and blue blade.

The pair demanded money from an employee. 

The victim shouted out to a co-worker and the pair fled empty handed.

Detective Inspector Winston Woodward said the duo had their faces covered, with the incident caught by security cameras.

“The attendant has feared for his safety and has called out to his fellow colleagues working inside at that time,” he said.

TARGETED: The bottle shop next to the Newmarket Hotel.

TARGETED: The bottle shop next to the Newmarket Hotel.

“The two offenders have run from the scene in an unknown direction.

“Police are asking for any assistance in relation to the identification of these two males, and they’re to contact Crime Stoppers or Albury detectives, who are investigating the matter.”

The pair, who are described as being in their late teens or early 20s, accessed the business through Walford Lane.

Both were of thin build, with one about six foot two, wearing a black hoodie, grey pants, black runners with white tread and black gloves.

The second was about six foot, and was wearing a black hoodie and black and white runners.

The IGA supermarket also has two video cameras facing into the laneway.

Detective Inspector Woodward said the victim was “visibly shaken” after the ordeal.

“Two male offenders producing a knife, a kitchen knife 30 centimetres in length, and demanding money from you, you can imagine is a very scary incident to be involved in,” he said.

“They were unable to get any proceeds from this crime which is one positive to the actual job.  

“I can assure members of the community we are aware of this job.

“We will be patrolling the area and I don’t want anyone to fear for their safety.

“They should get around Albury-Wodonga feeling secure but as I always say, be aware of your surroundings and please report any suspicious behaviour to police.”

The business was targeted in an armed robbery in August 2010, and the Newmarket Store was held up by a teenager in February 2014. 

Anyone with information can call (02) 6023 9299 or 1800 333 000.