“30 seconds to open the safe”

Blues point pharmacy

Police are investigating an armed robbery in Sydney’s north in which a pharmacy assistant was forced to her knees by a man armed with a knife

Yahoo7 News reports that a witness, Tracey Carter, saw a man “acting suspiciously” outside the McMahons Point pharmacy, and heard the staff inside asking for help.

“I saw him with the knife, (a staff member) was on the floor, she was on the floor on her knees,” Carter told Yahoo7 News.

“He was telling her she’s got 30 seconds or something to open the safe.”

Police were called to the pharmacy yesterday morning at about 10am.

“Initial investigations suggest a man allegedly armed with a knife entered the pharmacy and threatened staff, before stealing an amount of cash and fleeing,” NSW Police said in a statement.

“A crime scene was established by officers from Harbourside Local Area Command and investigations are continuing.”

Not long afterwards, police attempted to stop a grey Audi hatchback driving on the Pacific Highway at St Leonards. The driver allegedly failed to stop and a pursuit commenced, which was then terminated due to safety concerns.

Police soon found the car abandoned nearby and found drugs and cash inside; a man was later arrested in nearby bushland.

Police are investigating whether the robbery and pursuit are related and are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

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