SHOALHAVEN police have expressed concerns about an escalation in violence related robberies after an armed robbery in Bomaderry on Monday evening, in which a firearm was used.
That was the second of two hold-ups in the Shoalhaven area in 24 hours.
On Sunday evening a man armed with a knife attempted to rob the Subway sandwich shop in the Nowra Mall, while on Monday evening two men brandishing a bolt action rifle robbed the IGA supermarket in Lyndhurst Drive Bomaderry, striking the store manager on the back of the head with the firearm.
These two incidents have taken the total to 10 violent attacks, robberies or attempted robberies in the area since the start of July.
Detective Sergeant Simon Shalala said Shoalhaven police were extremely
worried by the escalation in violence related offences.
“We have now had at least 10 serious violence related offences since the start of the July which is very worrying,” he said.
“And the escalation in Monday night’s incident to include a firearm is an extreme concern.
“The incidents of armed robbery and offences with violence are escalating and becoming alarming.
“We are working hard to try to solve these cases.”
He admitted a strike force may have to be established in the area to look at how to combat the escalation in such crimes.
Det Sgt Shalala said in a number of incidents CCTV footage was available, which has been reviewed.
“Detectives are following a number of potentially strong leads but again appeal to any members of the public who may have any information about these or any other incidents to come forward,” he said.