Adamstown club robbed at knifepoint

THE bar manager at Adamstown Bowling Club was back at work yesterday after a machete-wielding man robbed the club at knife point on Friday night.

The 40-year-old manager, who did not want to be identified, was closing up about 11.30pm on Friday night when a man carrying a machete stormed the club and stole up to $20,000 from a cash machine, safe and poker machines.

He left the manager tied up in the cool room, stole his car and fled.

The manager said when he reviewed security camera footage after the incident it appeared far more distressing than it was at the time.

‘‘I’m actually fine, no problem at all,’’ he said.

‘‘The whole thing is a bit of a blur.’’

The manager had just escorted the last customer from the club when the armed hold-up happened.

‘‘He was just waiting to pounce,’’ the manager said.

‘‘He was very threatening but he wasn’t some crazy druggie.’’

He said the club had now reviewed its security policy and instituted better procedures.

It was business as usual yesterday at the club.

The manager, who has been in the industry for two years, said the incident had not soured him on working at clubs.

‘‘I had a few thoughts of maybe I should go him, but I just kept calm and did what he asked.’’

The club has only recently recovered after going into administration 12 months ago.

Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 00.

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