Staff member shaken after armed robbery, bystander honoured
Geraldton, WA: Geraldton Detectives are investigating an armed robbery which took place in Geraldton on Sunday, 18 October 2020.
“Around 7:20pm the man pictured entered a pharmacy on Marine Terrace, armed with a bladed weapon, demanded property from a staff member and left the store on foot,” said police in a statement.
“He is described as a light skinned, with a medium height and build.
“At the time he was wearing a short sleeved dark blue shirt, black shorts, slide sandals and a distinctive broad brimmed hat.”
The West Australian reports that a staff member at the pharmacy felt “very shaken” after the incident.
“The offence was obviously planned,” said investigating officer Detective Sergeant Marc O’Neill. “The man maintained a very calm demeanour and wasn’t in a rush.”
“This is not a common occurrence in Geraldton.”
He said that the offence took only minutes, and that police had tracked the alleged offender as he walked east down Post Office Lane and through the Stirlings Central mall car park.
Port MacDonnell, South Australia: Port MacDonnell resident Grant Fensom has been named as the Lions Club of the City of Adelaide and South Australia Police 2020 Citizen of the Year.
Mr Fensom was nominated following his contribution in the arrest of an armed holdup offender. Mr Fensom’s nomination was submitted by Superintendent Phil Hoff, Officer in Charge, Limestone Coast LSA.
On 22 August 2019, an offender entered the Port MacDonnell pharmacy wearing a facemask and armed with a knife.
He threatened the pharmacist, threw a printer at his head and escaped with a quantity of drugs and cash. The pharmacist was not badly injured and called for assistance.
A nearby Mr Fensom quickly established what had happened and observed the offender flee the scene, getting into a vehicle. In his own vehicle and travelling with a friend, Mr Fensom carefully followed the offender from a distance continuing to report the route and direction of travel to police by telephone.
He provided very clear and safe instruction to police communications. He maintained a safe distance which allowed a police interception to occur and arrest the offender at gunpoint 15 kilometres from the robbery site without incident.
The medication and cash was recovered and evidence from the observation of the scene led to the 28 year old offender pleading guilty to all charges and received a sentence of three years and four months.