Police seek would-be robbers
POLICE are looking for a man who tried to rob a bakery in Merriwa this morning, possibly with a handgun
The man entered the Bakers Delight store on Baltimore Parade, Merriwa, through an open door about 2.50am.
He approached three staff members in the bakery and demanded their wallets, car keys and money from the till.
Police say during the attempted robbery he pointed to what is believed to have been a silver handgun at the employees.
The staff members refused to hand over their property and the man escaped on foot empty handed.
In a separate incident, a man tried to rob a pharmacy on Green Street in Mt Hawthorn just before 7pm yesterday and demanded money.
When the pharmacist refused, the man turned his attention to an elderly female customer standing near the counter.
He attempted to take her purse but she also refused and he fled the scene empty handed.
The offender was wearing sunglasses, a grey-hooded jumper, dark shorts, white sneakers and was about 30 years old.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The thing I found interesting was that there was no statement from the police saying "We do not encourage people to stand up to would-be thieves" or words to that effect.
I'm not sure if this is a change in attitudes - both people standing up to those that threaten them and there being no "it's never worth it" statement issued - or whether it's a one off. I'm hoping it's the start of "people are allowed to defend themselves" trend!