String of local robberies connected

WANTED: A CCTV image of the man police want to speak to.

POLICE have released CCTV images of a man suspected of involvement in a string of local armed robberies, including at Rathmines.

Police said that between Monday, June 30, and Tuesday, July 8, a man armed with a large knife held up petrol stations and newsagencies in Rathmines, Belmont, Cardiff and Freemans Waterhole.

During the incidents the man threatened staff members with a knife, stealing cash and cigarettes before running from the scene, police said.

No one was injured during the robberies.

Police from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command were called to each business and established crime scenes, which were examined by specialist forensic officers. Detectives are continuing investigations and believe they are linked.

They are looking for a man who has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his 20s, about 180 centimetres tall with a thin build and blond hair.

■ Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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