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Owner turns knife on robber

A man was allegedly met with resistance when he produced a knife and attempted to rob a Tocumwal business on Saturday.

July 15, 2014 3:55am

Deniliquin police are searching for a man who allegedly produced a knife and calmly asked for cash from a Tocumwal shop owner on Saturday.

When speaking to the Pastoral Times yesterday afternoon, police said the man attempted to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed about 2.30pm but was met with resistance from the shop’s owner.

The Newell Hwy business owner Lincoln Campbell was behind the counter when the man — believed to be in his 20s — walked into the shop, produced a large knife and in a calm manner asked Mr Campbell to hand over all the cash he had.

But in an unexpected turn of events, Mr Campbell produced his own knife — a much smaller version — and refused to comply.

To Mr Campbell’s surprise, the man fled his store.

‘‘I can hardly remember picking up the knife, but once it was in my hand I remember telling him to get out of the shop,’’ Mr Campbell said.

‘‘To my surprise, he did. He just walked out; he didn’t run to his getaway car, which was parked out of sight in front of the shop ... I rang 000.

‘‘Initially he was sitting casually on one of the outside tables while he waited for other customers to leave.

‘‘That was when he wandered into the shop with a neoprene biker mask covering his face and a knife in his hand.

‘‘He was a big bloke, around 175cm, clean shaven and had a very solid build wearing a green hoodie.

‘‘I found it quite unusual that he seemed almost calm and dopey when he asked for the cash.

‘‘I think we just both scared each other which caused him to leave the shop.’’

After Saturday’s ‘‘heart racing’’ event, Mr Campbell said he plans to install security cameras.

He said he was pleased nothing was stolen because he didn’t have theft insurance.

‘‘At the time of the encounter my heart was racing and my legs were shaking,’’ Mr Campbell said.

‘‘It wasn’t until the next day that the shock really sunk in.

‘‘In 15 years of business nothing like this has ever happened to me before.

 

‘‘Looking back his knife was much bigger than mine.

‘‘It was lucky no one was injured and I hope it never happens again.’’

Anyone with information in regard to the incident is urged to phone police or call Crimestoppers on 1800333000.

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