A man who allegedly stole cigarettes and cash from a dairy at
gunpoint was seen throwing wood embedded with nails at a car
after the robbery.
Police found pieces of wood with protruding nails in the
streets near the Mornington Night 'n Day store, which was
robbed about 8am on Thursday.
''Police haven't ruled out that these items may have been
brought to the scene and were of significance for the
offender,'' Detective Sergeant Rob Hanna said.
''When he was running away towards Macnee St and on to
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.''
Police continued their investigations yesterday and were
particularly interested the alleged robber's behaviour before
''A man closely fitting his description was seen in a white
sedan car between 6.30am and 6.45am in Henderson St, which
runs behind the dairy on the south side of Eglinton Rd,'' Det
Sgt Hanna said.
The alleged offender, who was yet to be found, was a male,
possibly in his 20s, believed to be caucasian, about
175-185cm tall and of slim, athletic build.
He was wearing a distinctive multicoloured hoodie with a
white background and coloured design and three-quarter
trousers and boots. He was also carrying several bags.
His left arm appeared to have markings on it, Det Sgt Hanna
''It's not clear whether these are natural markings,
permanent tattoos or have been temporarily inked on,'' he
Night 'n Day Foodstore chief executive Tony Allison said the
female owner and female shop assistant who were in the shop
at the time were ''still pretty shaken''.
''They [the owners] have let one of the girls have a couple
of days off work because it was pretty scary,'' he said.
''It's fairly raw at this stage and we have still got police
inquiries ongoing, so for her it's still pretty real.''
The store had decided, as a precaution, to roster more staff
on because of the robbery.
Det Sgt Hanna said police had spoken to witnesses who saw the
offender before the robbery, however, they wanted to hear
from anyone who had information which might assist with the
''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,'' he said.
''Someone who hasn't yet come forward may have seen something
that will assist in solving this crime.''
Police were yet to confirm the total amount of tobacco and
cigarettes taken during the robbery and they appealed for
anyone who was offered significant quantities of cigarettes
to contact them, he said.
Police would not disclose the exact amount of cash taken but
indications were it was not a big amount.
People with any information which could help can contact the
Southern District Command Centre on (03) 471-5002.
Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers