Two robberies in Bankstown, Yagoona


Yagoona Station Pharmacy. Image: Google Maps.

A pharmacy worker has been slashed in the face with a screwdriver in one of two pharmacy robberies in the Bankstown area

NSW Police are investigating two armed robberies in the Bankstown Local Command this week.

On Tuesday a man entered the Yagoona Station Pharmacy on the Hume Highway and demanded cash.

“It was five o’clock Tuesday afternoon, and a guy walked in – he looked like he had a hoodie on, some sunglasses and his face covered, probably by a scarf,” says owner Gladis Hannah.

“He came in, walked right behind the counter and stood where the dispensary is, and he demanded the pharmacist go and open the till.

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the Yagoona robbery.

“He had something in a bag that the police now think was a gun or a rifle, so that was very scary.”

The man took the money and told the pharmacist not to push the emergency button – not realising that she already had.

“The pharmacist who was on that day had gone through this before, and she realised what was happening as soon as he was in the store,” Ms Hannah says. “She told the girls, ‘move away, we’re being robbed’ and pushed the button.

“As soon as he took the money he started shaking, badly. He dropped a couple of $5 notes and walked out – but he walked out calmly.”

Nobody was visibly hurt, but Ms Hannah says the pharmacy’s workers were shaken.

She was also surprised that the man hadn’t asked for drugs.

“Maybe he knew Valium was out of stock,” she says.

The man is described as being in his late 20s or early 20s with dark olive skin and about 165-170cm tall with a medium build. In the images he is seen wearing a black hooded jumper, black tracksuit pants, black gloves and sunglasses. He is seen carrying a black bag with light, possibly gold, writing on it.

 

Screwdriver attack in Bankstown

Not far away in Bankstown, another pharmacy was targeted on Wednesday at about 5.30pm.

Footage obtained by Channel Nine shows the man walking into the pharmacy and speaking with a pharmacy assistant before grappling with her and pushing her towards the dispensary, covering her face with a cloth.

A co-worker intervened, attempting to defend the pair with a chair, before sustaining slashes to his face from a screwdriver. The man fled on foot.

No items were stolen and the injured pharmacy worker was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics.

The man was described as having a dark complexion, wearing a dark-coloured hooded jumper and armed with a screwdriver.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to the incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

Pharmacists who are distressed can contact the Pharmacists’ Support Service on 1300 244 910.

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