TWO men took an hour to chisel a hole through a brick wall after being locked in a strongroom by three armed robbers.
Condong Bowls Club assistant manager Scott Reading and a club patron were locked in the room on Thursday night for about 90 minutes.
They raised the alarm by chiselling through the wall and making enough noise in an effort to get someone's attention.
Mr Reading said it took about an hour to chisel the orange-sized hole into the wall.
“It was really lucky we were found actually,” Mr Reading said.
“A mate was trying to call my mobile and when I didn't answer he thought I must've still been at work.
“He caught the courtesy bus from Riverview Pub to the club.
“He didn't want to come in, but we managed to chisel a hole in the wall and were able to make enough noise for him to notice. I think that room is pretty sound-proof.”
Mr Reading said he banged a claw hammer against the steel door of the strong room to get his mate's attention.
“The strong room was pretty cluttered and when we were locked in we started looking for a cordless phone. The robbers took my mobile,” he said.
“I was lucky enough to find a claw hammer and a screwdriver.
“Nine times out of 10 we would have never been found.”
Mr Reading was back at work yesterday, but he said the armed robbery still played on his mind.
“We had a trivia night with about 40 people here. When everyone left I was locking up and there was only one patron left,” he said.
“I was about to lock the doors when the three guys came into the club.
“I had my back to the bar and when I turned around there was a guy charging at me in a balaclava holding a gun. They must have been watching and waiting for the last cars to leave the car park.”
The sole patron tried to run, but two of the balaclava-clad robbers went after him and brought him back to the club.
The third assailant forced Mr Reading to jump the bar and then held the barrel to the back of his head.
Both Mr Reading and the patron were marched to the strongroom and the assistant manager forced to unlock the door. Both men were locked in the strongroom.
A large sum of money was stolen from the club.
A police spokeswoman said one of the robbers was holding a gun. She said investigations were continuing.
If anyone has any information they are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.
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