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Police release image of man wanted over Balgownie armed robbery

DETECTIVES have released images of a man as investigations continue into an armed robbery in Balgownie last month.

A man – armed with a firearm – entered licensed premises on Balgownie Road, Balgownie, and threatened two employees about 11pm on Monday, August 17 2020.

The man demanded cash before leaving the scene on a motorcycle. He was last seen riding north on Church Street, Balgownie. No one was physically injured during the incident.

As inquiries continue, Wollongong detectives have released CCTV images from the incident and are appealing for anyone who may be able to assist with their inquiries to come forward.

The first image depicts a man who may be able to assist with inquiries. He was last seen wearing a motorcycle helmet and distinctive blue and orange ‘Avengers’ backpack at the time of the incident.

The second image depicts a blue SUV that was travelling west on Balgownie Road, before turning right on to Church Street, about 11pm on the night of the armed robbery.

Police believe the driver of this vehicle may have witnessed the incident and are appealing for this person to come forward.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Wollongong Detectives on (02) 4226 7759 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Inquiries are continuing.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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