Trail of $1 coins left as robbers flee scene

Detective Senior Constable Jason Savage door knocks residents yesterday near the Campbell Town Hotel, the scene of an aggravated armed robbery on Saturday night. Photo by Paul Scambler

Detective Senior Constable Jason Savage door knocks residents yesterday near the Campbell Town Hotel, the scene of an aggravated armed robbery on Saturday night. Photo by Paul Scambler

ROBBERS dropped a trail of $1 coins as they fled the Campbell Town Hotel on Saturday night, police have revealed.

Six Northern detectives doorknocked houses near the hotel yesterday, as investigations into the aggravated armed robbery continued.

Two masked men in dark clothing entered the rear doors of the hotel about 10.30pm on Saturday.

One man was armed with a wooden stick, while the other carried what appeared to be a pistol or handgun.

The robbers locked two workers inside a storeroom, then fled through the hotel's rear doors carrying a large sum of cash, including more than 3000 $1 coins.

The coins would have weighed at least 27 kilograms.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Gillies said police found a trail of $1 coins in grass on a vacant block at the rear of the hotel.

"It appears that they have fled on foot and dropped a number of $1 coins along the way," he said.

Police believe the robbers might have headed towards Bridge Street.

He said police were following specific lines of inquiry after new information had emerged. Witnesses told police they saw a small, reasonably neat, white car, possibly with a spoiler, in the vicinity of King and Bridge streets, at the time of the robbery.

One suspect is described as being about 180 centimetres tall, of medium build, while the second man is described as being about 168 centimetres tall, of slight build.

Police urge anyone with information about the robbery to call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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