A 16-year-old youth will face court today charged with robbing a Far North Coast convenience store at gunpoint.
Just before 6pm yesterday (Thursday 24 June), it is alleged two males, armed with a replica gun and a knife, entered the store on the Pacific Highway, Banora Point, and bailed up the female shopkeeper.
The pair forced the employee to empty the till as they stashed money and a dozen packets of cigarettes into a plastic bag.
They ran from the scene. No one was injured in the incident.
Shortly after the robbery, two patrolling police officers spotted a youth allegedly matching the description of one of the robbers at a Tweed Heads shopping centre.
The senior constables placed the 16-year-old under arrest and took him to the Tweed Heads Police Station.
He was charged with robbery whilst armed with an offensive weapon and in company.
The teen was refused bail and ordered to face the Byron Bay Children’s Court today.
Police are continuing to hunt the second alleged robber.
Crime Manager Detective Inspector Diehm said: “Quick thinking and attention to detail by the Tweed/Byron general duties police ensured an almost immediate response.
“This falls in line with our continuing efforts to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.”