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A teenage boy is due to face court later this month after police accused him of stealing from two pharmacies in the Tweed Shire last week.

Police on Sunday said they were called to one pharmacy on Murwillumbah’s Main Street last Tuesday 5 July and to another in the town’s King Street the following afternoon after reports a hooded male had threatened staff and stolen prescription drugs.

The first alleged robbery happened shortly after two o’clock in the afternoon, when a male described as wearing a black hooded jumper, face mask, gloves and backpack passed a threatening note to staff before leaving with prescription drugs.

Police said staff at the King Street pharmacy reported a similar incident happening there the next day at around 5.15 PM, with the accused offender later spotted walking under the Wollumbin Street bridge.

Officers from the Tweed/Byron Police District said they investigated both robberies, confiscating several items for forensic examination, before arresting the suspect in Murwillumbah around midday on Thursday 7 July.

The teenager was reportedly in the presence of a support person at the time of arrest, with officers confiscating several more items before taking him to Tweed Heads Police Station and charging him with two counts of robbery.

He was refused bail and appeared at Tweed Heads Children’s Court on Friday 8 July but police said the matter was postponed until 20 July with the boy released on conditional bail.

Officers have asked any witnesses or anyone with footage of the alleged incidents to call Crimestoppers on 1 800 333 000 or Tweed Heads detectives with the report number E89002224.

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