Town unites after third robbery

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Town unites after third robbery

Off limits: police cordon off the Mirboo North Post Office last Monday.

THE third armed robbery in Mirboo North in 18 months has prompted the town’s business-people to come together.
Traders have been concerned for their safety after the Bendigo Bank and Meeniyan Post Office were robbed last year.
Then last Thursday afternoon, the Mirboo North Post Office was held up in similar
circumstances.
But the arrest of a 57-year-old man has brought some relief to business people.
He has been charged with the armed robberies of all three businesses.
Strzelecki Newsagency owner John Zabiegala said he had been concerned for the safety of his staff following the first two
incidents.
“We’ve only been here 18 months and that was the third robbery in the same period of time,” he said.
Manager of Stockdale and Leggo, Richard Taylor is also relieved someone has been caught and charged.
“I feel compassion for the owners of the post office because I as a fellow business manager could have been a victim,” he said.
“The post office owners are very gentle natured and were the last people that deserved to be targeted.”
The Town Centre Nursery owner, Karen Haw said the robberies prove how vulnerable business-owners are.
“I’m at my shop alone sometimes,” she said.
“It’s a scary thought when someone like that is in your town.”
Police alleged at 3.50pm on Thursday, a man armed with a rifle held up the post office and stole money before fleeing.
Around 15 police officers from Mirboo North, Korumburra, Leongatha, Latrobe, Foster and Trafalgar attended the crime scene. Following an investigation at the post office, the accused was found at a farm in Mardan and identified.
Only one customer was present during the robbery and no one was hurt.
The man will face the Latrobe Magistrate’s Court on June 14 on three counts of armed robbery.

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