Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

WORKER ROBBED OF INNOCENCE Police Were Heroes: Owner; Owner Feels for Young Staffer after Knifepoint Threat

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

WORKER ROBBED OF INNOCENCE Police Were Heroes: Owner; Owner Feels for Young Staffer after Knifepoint Threat

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Byline: Clair Morton and Tim Howard newsroom@dailyexaminer.com.au

A YOUNG Grafton cafe employee who was threatened with a knife during an armed robbery on Monday will probably require counselling after the harrowing experience.

South Grafton residents Caleb Jones, 20, and Damien White, 22, have since been charged over the incident.

Both were refused bail in Grafton Local Court yesterday.

It is alleged by police that the two men walked into the Donuts and Dairy Cafe in the Grafton Mall just after 3.30pm on Monday, with their faces obstructed by clothing.

One of them allegedly produced a knife and demanded an amount of money, before both fled on foot a short time later.

Jones was arrested in Blackwood Close while White allegedly ran from police and jumped into the Clarence River.

Police used a boat owned by a member of the public to pursue him, and he was pulled out of the water and arrested.

It will be alleged that officers located items on his person which they will allege were used in the robbery, and an amount of money they will allege was the proceeds of the robbery.

Acting crime manager acting Detective Inspector Matt Zimmer thanked members of the public for their assistance in arresting the two men.

"We would like to thank the assistance of those members of the public who assisted police," acting Det Insp Zimmer said.

"It's a significant arrest for a very violent offence and traumatic experience for the people involved.

"It was the quick and efficient response by police and the public which resulted in this arrest."

Meanwhile, Donuts and Dairy owner Karen Collins said the 20-year-old who was threatened was off work yesterday on stress leave and would probably require counselling.

Ms Collins said CCTV footage captured all the action from when the men arrived at the centre in a car and entered the centre with hoodies obscuring their faces. …

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