What a plum!
WAVING a sawn-off shotgun and a 20cm knife, two men threaten the lives of drinkers and staff at a Sydney pub - the third time in 17 days.
Sick of being a victim, one patron fights back and, despite having his arm broken with a chair, his head split open by a wine bottle and being stabbed in the stomach, he unmasks a robber.
And it was his bravery that could provide the key to solving the crime, as the robber's face was caught on CCTV.
Yet, despite the obvious benefit, the images of Tuesday's robbery at the Stella Inn in Tempe were not publicly released by the NSW Police's multi-million-dollar media unit yesterday.
Instead it was the Stella Inn's manager who gave the footage to The Daily Telegraph.
"People should know there are bad guys out there running around with guns and see how frightening it is," said the manager, who did not wished to be named. "One bloke who saw the last robbery fought back and while I would tell people not to do it, his bravery and toughness means we can see the face of one of these guys.
This is a real locals' pub and until the last three weeks we have always felt safe here. We are now increasing security patrols, cameras and time delayed safes.
"We have to make the customers feel safe again. The best way of doing that is to have these guys caught."
The Stella Inn was robbed on July 10, 21 and 27.
"Police don't think they are done by the same guys - and I agree - but something is going on," the manager said. "We were robbed last Wednesday. Just 20 minutes earlier the same guys robbed the Bankstown Hotel and a shot was fired."
The manager did not want to be critical of front-line officers, instead criticising the force's policy makers.
"They [police officers] have a really tough job but there seems to be a policy of keeping things quiet when in fact it should be made public," he said.
"If you look at the video it's obvious these guys know what they are doing."
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