Shoalhaven police investigate links between armed robberies

The scene of an armed robbery in Culburra in June. Police are investigating it in relation to Thursday morning's hold-up in St Georges Basin.

The scene of an armed robbery in Culburra in June. Police are investigating it in relation to Thursday morning's hold-up in St Georges Basin.

Shoalhaven detectives are investigating possible links between three armed robberies in the area, after a hold-up at St Georges Basin early Thursday morning.

Two men, wearing Spiderman masks, entered the St Georges Basin Newsagency, General Store and Post Office on Island Point Road at St Georges Basin about 6am, one believed to have been armed with a gun.

The intruders allegedly threatened the female owner of the business before taking an amount of cash from the till.

The two men fled the store, running in a northerly direction.

The woman was not physically injured during the robbery.

Police conducted a search of the surrounding area but did not find the offenders.

Shoalhaven detectives and uniformed officers were in the area on Thursday morning, canvassing near-by shops and homes for information.

Police released a description of the alleged offenders, who as well as wearing the Spiderman masks to cover their faces, were both wearing hooded jumpers, one was black, the other light blue.

Police investigations into the St Georges Basin hold-up are continuing.

Thursday morning’s robbery was the third similar hold-up in the Shoalhaven over the past few months.

Culburra Beach Newsagency was robbed in early June and the Sussex Inlet Service station on July 28.

On June 4 at Culburra, two men, one carrying a pistol, entered the newsagent at about 4am and demanded money from a male employee aged in his 50s.

Police said the men were wearing dark clothing and gloves, had their faces covered with bandannas and hoodies and were given an undisclosed amount of money.

On July 28 thieves also held up a service station in Sussex Inlet at 5.25am, where it is believed a firearm was also involved, the offenders fled with an undisclosed sum of money.

There was also an attempted armed robbery at the United Service Station in Sanctuary Point on June 23.

On that occasion, two men armed with knives, entered the business on Larmer Avenue at 9.20pm and attempted to open the cash register, they were unsuccessful and fled after an alarm was activated.

Anyone with information about any of the hold-ups is asked to phone Nowra police on 44219 699 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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