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Pharmacy break-in linked to attempted hold-up at Blue Store

A 24-YEAR-old man who allegedly attempted an armed hold-up the Blue Store at Pialba was linked by police to a break-in at a pharmacy the night before, when he faced Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Jay Robert McKinnon, a father-of-two, was remanded in custody when Magistrate Graeme Tatnell decided the risk of McKinnon breaking bail was too high.

Police allege McKinnon attempted to rob the convenience store at Pialba at 10am on Monday armed with a 25cm knife.

The shopkeeper was able to detain McKinnon until police arrived.

McKinnon was also charged with a break-in at Centre Pharmacy on Boat Harbour Dr at Urraween on Sunday night.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said McKinnon had ingested drugs from the pharmacy break-in which were causing him medical concerns.

"He was offered medical assistance at Hervey Bay Hospital but refused treatment and discharged himself," she said.

The court was told McKinnon was suffering liver and kidney failure.

McKinnon was ordered to appear in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on February 27 for a committal mention.

Topics:  break-in, hervey bay magistrates court




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