New lead in Heddon Greta Hotel armed robbery investigation

FRIGHTENING: Heddon Greta Hotel manager Daniel Flanagan.On Mother’s Day last year a masked bandit held-up theHeddon Greta Hotel while40 people sat enjoying dinner in the adjacent restaurant.

Almost one year on, police believe they have a strong lead in the case and have called for public assistance.

The armed robbery occurred on Sunday May 10, 2015.Hotel manager Daniel Flanaganwas going about his nightly duties when a man wearing a white bandanna across his face and gardening gloves approached him. Hepulled out a sawed-off shotgun and demanded cash.

It was 8pm and there were about 40 people in the hotel’s dining room in the middle of their dinner. The offender fled with a small amount of cash and left MrFlanagan shocked at the brazen hold-up.

Witnesses saw a man get into a vehicle that was parked on Young Street, near the intersection of Trenchard Street.The vehicle was last seen heading north toward Cliftleigh.

The offender wasdescribed as being of Caucasian appearance, in his early 20s, skinny build, about 178 centimetres tall and dark eyes.He was last seen wearing a dark, hooded jumper and long, dark pants.

Police have renewed the call for information about the robbery afternew information came to light.

The call also follows the arrest of a Gillieston Heights man onSunday April 3, 2016. Central Hunter police attended the home of a man on an unrelated matter, he was arrested and taken to Maitland Police Station where he was questioned over the 2015 robbery.

The Gillieston Heights man was released pending further enquiries.Central Hunter acting crime manager Acting Detective InspectorMitch Dubojskisaid investigators were extremely confident of a result on the investigation but needed the community’s help to provide further information.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Central Hunter detectives on 49340280 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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