Machete-wielding robber targets delivery drivers: police

POLICE have warned delivery drivers to be mindful of their personal safety following an armed robbery in Grafton. 

 About 8.10pm on Tuesday, a 24-year-old man was delivering a takeaway food order to a home on Bacon St when he was confronted by two unknown males armed with machetes.

The males demanded money and the food. The delivery driver complied, and the males ran away with cash and the food on Bacon St, towards the Clarence River.

Grafton officers were notified and a canvas of the surrounding area was conducted, but no one was located.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said crimes of violence such as this one were very concerning, and urged businesses to take precautions in order to assist in reducing their likelihood.

"We would encourage businesses to obtain landline numbers for deliveries and confirm those numbers prior to delivery," he said.

"We would also request home-owners to turn on external lights of premises to ensure drivers are arriving in a safe and well lit location."

Det Insp Jameson also noted that these type of violent crimes had "the hallmarks of drug addiction".

"Locally, we've seen a strong association with both (drugs) and crime... either cannabis or crystal methamphetamine," he said.

"Both drugs are showing a strong prevalence to crime in our local communities, and as the crystal meth addiction widens we're seeing a close reliance on use of the two drugs together."

"Almost 80% of ice users started with cannabis, and there is a significant amount of poly-drugging in the community.

"It raises significant concerns to me of the role cannabis plays locally in our community. It is also a drug of long-term addiction, and we see that on a regular basis."

Det Insp Jameson said Grafton detectives were continuing investigations into Tuesday's armed robbery, and would like to speak to two males who may be able to assist them.

The first male is described as being of caucasian appearance with dark curly hair. He was last seen wearing a maroon jumper, black shirt with a white motif and shorts.

The second male is not further described. Anyone who was in the area at the time or has information about the incident is urged to phone Grafton police on 6642 0222 or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.  

WEDNESDAY, 11AM: Police are appealing for witnesses after two males armed with machetes robbed a delivery driver in Grafton overnight.

About 8.10pm, a 24-year-old man was delivering a food order to a home on Bacon St when he was confronted by two unknown males armed with machetes.

The males demanded money and the food.

The delivery driver complied, and the males ran away with cash and the food on Bacon Street, towards the Clarence River.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command were notified and attended the location.

A canvass of the surrounding area was conducted but no one was located.

As inquiries continue, police would like to speak to two males who may be able to assist them.

The first male is described as being of Caucasian appearance with dark curly hair.

He was last seen wearing a maroon jumper, black t-shirt with a white motif and shorts.

The second male is not further described.

Anyone who was in the area at the time or has information about the incident is urged to come forward.

Phone Grafton police on 6642 0222 or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.



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