Youths wanted af­ter laun­dro­mat rob­bery

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Po­lice are look­ing for five youths who robbed an Avon­dale Laun­dro­mat at gun­point on April 26.

Five male of­fend­ers, wear­ing gloves and hoods, ran into Ezy Laun­dro­mat on St Ge­orges Rd at about 6.30pm. Images re­leased by po­lice show one of­fender point­ing a black hand­gun at a staff mem­ber while an­other car­ried a ham­mer.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Mark Os­bourne says the gun ap­pears to be an imi­ta­tion.

‘‘There are so many imi­ta­tion firearms out there and th­ese kids can get hold of them so eas­ily and use them with the in­ten­tion to scare peo­ple,’’ he says.

Os­bourne says the staff mem­ber was forced to hand over the till. The of­fend­ers fled with $150 and the vic­tim’s phone.

The vic­tim was left un­in­jured but shaken by the or­deal.

No-one else was at the laun­dro­mat when the in­ci­dent oc­curred.

An Ezy Laun­dro­mat em­ployee says an­other staff mem­ber had gone home just be­fore the rob­bery be­cause there hadn’t been many cus­tomers.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for sight­ings of a ve­hi­cle seen leav­ing the scene and caught on CCTV footage be­tween Wolverton St and St Ge­orges Rd.

The ve­hi­cle is de­scribed as an old style VL Com­modore or Nis­san Ce­firo, with chrome mag wheels.

‘‘We can’t make out the num­ber plate but the ve­hi­cle is quite dis­tinc­tive, es­pe­cially if young kids are driv­ing around in it,’’ Os­bourne says.

‘‘I’m sure some­one’s mum will recog­nise their son.’’

CCTV footage of youths wanted over the ag­gra­vated rob­bery of an Avon­dale laun­dro­mat.

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