Appeal for robbery details

March 21, 2017

Hill Top Golf and Country Club president John Fanning with Police Armed Crime Squad detective sergeant Adam Ferguson who is appealing for public help.

Hill Top Golf and Country Club employees remain ‘‘traumatised’’ after an armed robbery in Tatura last year and have not gone back to working evening shifts as a result.

‘‘It was very scary for the two staff involved and they have been undergoing counselling,’’ Hill Top Golf and Country Club president John Fanning said.

‘‘They are still (four months on) undergoing counselling and meet with psychologists.’’

Police were continuing to investigate the armed robbery at the Tatura establishment and were in the town last week.

On December 7 about 10pm, three offenders came into the club, one armed with a shotgun and another with a large machete, police said.

‘‘They approached staff behind the bar and stole approximately $15000 in cash,’’ Victoria Police Armed Crime Squad detective sergeant Adam Ferguson said.

‘‘They have then ran out the back door and left in a car.

‘‘We’re still following up a few leads, but haven’t really got a lot of avenues of inquiry, so are appealing for witnesses in the area.’’

Detective Sgt Ferguson believed the offenders to be three males and said they were wearing coloured dark clothing, had their face covered with bandannas and wore gloves.

‘‘It’s hard to confirm their ages because they were covered up very well,’’ he said.

‘‘Although it does appear that some planning has gone into the robbery, because they were aware that the venue was about to close and that there was no other clients in the venue at the time.’’

Mr Fanning said finding the offenders would put his staff at ease and said it would make a big difference if they were prosecuted accordingly.

‘‘The staff involved are our number one priority,’’ he said.

The Hill Top Golf and Country Club has spent more than ‘‘double the amount stolen’’ on security upgrades at the club since the armed hold-up.

Police said ‘‘anything small may help’’ in their investigations.

■ Anyone with information that may be of value to police is encouraged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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