Man caught after syringe robbery

A man has been charged after holding up a pharmacy with a blood-filled syringe

The man allegedly went to the Blooms The Chemist pharmacy in Belmont, NSW, on Saturday 16 June at 3.45pm, and threatened workers including a pharmacist and two staff – as well as a customer – with the syringe.

He then stole some medication and left the store, at which point staff sounded the distress alarm and ensured that the customer safely left the premises.

Police apprehended the alleged offender not long afterwards, as he hid in the yard of a nearby home on May Street, Belmont, and found the medication stashed at Church Street.

The man has been charged with robbery while armed with an offensive weapon.

“All staff members at Blooms The Chemist Belmont Central have been offered counselling services, regardless of whether they were directly involved in the incident or not,” Blooms The Chemist said in a statement.

“Belmont is a close-knit community and the safety of staff and local customers is paramount for Blooms The Chemist Belmont Central.”

Blooms The Chemist Belmont re-opened their doors the next day, on Sunday morning, and are trading as usual.

The banner’s head office says that it is cooperating with the police in the investigation and encouraged anyone with information to contact Belmont Police.

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