6 June 2015 0:05 AM AEST: A Nepalese couple who own a convenience store in Sydney were robbed on Thursday evening by a hooded man armed with a steel axe.
The husband, Binod Poudel, told Seven News that he and his wife have been in Australia for the last seven months and work the shop seven days a week. They were about to finish for the day when the bandit struck the business just after 9 O’clock on Thursday evening.
When southasia.com.au visited the address late this afternoon, the business was closed. The owner was called on his mobile phone but could not be contacted.
Mr Poudel told the media that the robber circled the axe despite the fact that he told him to take whatever he wanted. A video available online clearly shows the robber swinging lethal blows aimed at the victims.
A press statement of the NSW Police confirmed the incident, “About 9.15pm (Thursday 4 June 2015), husband and wife store owners were talking behind the counter of their convenience store in Queen Victoria Street when a man entered, armed with an axe.”
Police have appealed for information about the man who has been described as 165cm tall with a medium build. “He was wearing a cream coloured hoodie, with the hood pulled over his head, and a dark cloth covering his mouth and nose,” NSW Police statement said.
It is understood the perpetrator hit the counter several times. The terrified couple escaped through a rear door when the robber prepared to climb the counter.
Apparently, unfortunate for the robber, he got away with only $40, leaving $20 behind.
Police confirmed no one was injured during the robbery.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.