Police investigating yesterday's robbery of the Mornington
Night' N Day store have spoken with several people who saw
the alleged offender before the incident.
A man walked into the shop just before 8am yesterday and
brandished a firearm, demanding cigarettes, tobacco and cash
from a female shop assistant.
Detective Sergeant Rob Hanna said this afternoon a man
closely fitting the alleged offender's description was seen
in a white sedan in Henderson Street, which runs behind the
dairy on the south side of Eglinton Road, from between 6.30am
and 6.45am yesterday.
During a detailed examination of the locality and streets
surrounding the Night' N Day store, police found several
similar pieces of wood with protruding nails.
"Police haven't ruled out that these items may have been
brought to the scene and were of significance for the
offender," Det Sgt Hanna said.
"When he was running away towards Macnee St and onto
Henderson St after the robbery he was seen to throw a piece
of wood with nails protruding from it, at a nearby vehicle
with people in it."
The alleged offender is male, possibly in his twenties. He is
believed to be Caucasian, approximately 175-185cm in height
and of slim, athletic build.
He was wearing a distinctive multi-coloured hoodie with a
white background and coloured design, and three-quarter
trousers and boots. He was carrying a number of bags.
His left arm appeared to have markings on it.
"It's not clear whether these are natural markings, permanent
tattoos or have been temporarily inked on," Det Sgt Hanna
Police are still keen to hear from anyone who has information
that may assist with the inquiry.
"This was a brazen act that occurred at a busy time of the
day in a busy part of town when there were many people
around. Someone who hasn't yet come forward may have seen
something that will assist in solving this crime."
People with any information that could help can contact the
Southern District Command Centre on 03 471-5002. Information
can also be provided anonymously to the organisation
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.