Update: Thursday, February 21
Tweed/Byron police have confirmed that the robbery of Coles in Ocean Shores took place between 2am and 2.20am on Wednesday, February 20.
‘They gained entry through the roof. A large sum of cash was stolen,’ said Detective Inspector Matt Kehoe from the Tweed/Byron police.
‘A significant amount of preparation and planning went into the theft,’ he said.
‘Police have taken a number of DNA samples for comparison and the investigation is ongoing.’
The police are asking any members of the public who may have information on the theft to come forward. You can contact the Byron police station 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.
Thieves broke into the Coles store at Ocean Shores overnight and made off with ‘a substantial amount’ of money, according to a local businessperson.
Chincogan Real Estate agent Jim Mangleson told Echonetdaily that early morning shoppers couldn’t get into this store for some hours this morning.
‘It seems a couple of n’er-do-wells got through the roof of Coles, broke into the safe and got away with cash – apparently a very substantial amount,’ he said.
Mr Mangleson said police were on the scene when he arrived for work this morning.
‘The shop didn’t open until they fingerprinted everything,’ he said, adding other stores in the shopping area weren’t affected.
Coles and Tweed-Byron police have been contacted for comment.