Crime roundup

One man wore a surgical mask when allegedly robbing a pharmacy, while another alleged pharmacy robber is facing charges over making explosives

Port Kennedy, WA: A man wore a surgical mask when he allegedly robbed a pharmacy at gunpoint, reports Perth Now.

Police have released images of the man, who was also wearing a pair of ugg boots when he went to the Port Kennedy pharmacy on May 4 and allegedly produced a gun.

They say he demanded prescription drugs from the pharmacy workers and left holding several boxes of medicine, before getting into a silver Chrysler 300C.

The man is described as about 170cm tall and fair-skinned with short, dark hair, and wearing a grey and green checked long-sleeved jacket and black bandanna, as well as the mask, boots and long grey puma pants.


Sussex Inlet, NSW: A man who allegedly tried to rob a pharmacy at the South Coast town of Sussex Inlet is also facing charges pertaining to making explosives.

Adam David Smithers appeared before Nowra Local Court on Tuesday but did not enter a plea, reports the South Coast Register.

Police say that Mr Smithers was armed with a replica Glock pistol when he went to the Sussex Inlet Pharmacy in March and tried to steal medicines from the store’s safe.

He has been charged with armed robbery as well as having a knife, over that incident.

He is also facing an array of other charges, including failure to keep a firearm safely on two occasions when he was allegedly in possession of a .22 rifle in February 2018 and August 2018; four counts of firing a firearm in or near a public place, and five counts of possessing, supplying or making explosives for unlawful purposes.

More charges include three counts of possessing explosives with intent to destroy property and with being armed with intent to carry out an indictable offence.

The Register says police allege he used explosives to damage  items in a caravan and a toilet bowl in a toilet building in Yerriyong in September 2019.

His bail was continued.


Heidelberg, Victoria: A man who stole $720 worth of multivitamins from a Chemist Warehouse has been sentenced to two months’ jail and a six month corrections order after a series of robberies.

Christopher Edward Smyth stole $3,300 worth of tools when he broke into a ute outside Watsonia RSL sub-branch with an accomplice in February, the Heidelberg Magistrate’s Court heard, and put them and a wallet containing $450 into a Nissan Navara he had stolen that morning.

In May he stuffed the Swisse multivitamins into a backpack and left the Chemist Warehouse at Bundoora without paying, then a few days later did the same thing at Chemist Warehouse Heidelberg West, this time netting $364 worth of multivitamins.

He also stole alcohol from a Dan Murphy’s, and a coffee, chicken sandwich and Up and Gos, worth about $20, from Coles Express Bundoora. At that time, he told a staff member that he had no money so could not pay for the items.

Mr Smythe’s lawyer said he suffered from drug and alcohol dependence as well as schizo-affective disorder.

Mr Smythe had asked for a community service sentence, saying that he did not want to be “a waste of time and space,” the Herald Sun reports.

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