'He's not going to get my money': takeaway owner fights back

Kincaid Street Cafe and Takeaway owner Lyn Taylor used a baseball bat to chase away a robber armed with a knife last Friday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Kincaid Street Cafe and Takeaway owner Lyn Taylor used a baseball bat to chase away a robber armed with a knife last Friday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

WHEN an armed robber confronted Lyn Taylor in the takeaway store she's owned for three and a half years, the adrenaline just kicked in.

Last Friday, a brazen thief, with his head covered with a hoodie and scarf, attempted to rob the Kincaid Street Cafe and Takeaway in broad daylight.

But when he pulled a knife and started demanding money from the till, Ms Taylor went straight for her baseball bat as she fought back against the assailant.

"Immediately, my reaction was, well he's not going to get my money and I'm not handing it over," she said.

"When you're put in that situation I think the adrenaline just kicks in and you go with your gut.

"I just grabbed the bat, threw it over my shoulder, and swung it."

The robber then fled the shop and took off running down Kincaid Street, even after having the full force of the aluminium baseball bat smash into his back.

Ms Taylor pursued him out of the shop and threw the bat at the thief to try to slow him down.

He was chased around the block by a patron of the cafe who saw the commotion, before jumping into a stolen Holden sedan parked across the road and making his getaway.

The attack appeared to be opportunistic, according to Ms Taylor, who believes the thief was surprised to be confronted and never intended to use the knife.

"I don't think a lot of thought went into it – I think he was hoping he'd throw this knife around and I'd hand over the money," she said.

Though Ms Taylor escaped unscathed from the ordeal, she has admitted to being concerned about a repeat attack in the days following the incident.

Ms Taylor said she was glad she faced the attacker, rather than her daughter or her friend who had been helping to close up the store each day last week.

"I don't know how they would have reacted," she said.

"I think I'm a little more gutsy than they are."

Police managed to recover the car used in the getaway at the North Wagga flats on Saturday but are still searching for the assailant who held up Ms Taylor's store.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Wagga Police on 6922 2599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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