News, Culture & Society

Riley Higgins property heir and rapper accused of robbing Avalon petrol station with an air rifle

Wannabe rapper and property empire heir who rubbed shoulders with Scott Morrison is accused of robbing petrol station with a rifle and making off with $400 – as staff say gunman was ‘very polite’

  • Riley Higgins, 23, accused of robbing petrol station in Northern Beaches 
  • Allegedly entered store armed with air rifle before fleeing the scene 
  • Employees say that a man asked them politely for the $400 cash stolen
  • Higgins is son of multimillionaire Mortgage Choice co-founder Peter Higgins 
  • The armature rapper was arrested and faced Manly Local Court on Thursday
  • He was faced with one charge of robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon

The heir of a multi-millionaire property tycoon who has been photographed alongside Scott Morrison is accused of robbing a petrol station with an air rifle for just $400.

Riley Higgins, 23, son of multi-millionaire Mortgage Choice co-founder Peter Higgins, allegedly walked into the Metro Petroliam Service Station in Avalon on Sydney’s northern beach just after 4pm on Wednesday and ‘politely’ asked for cash, a court heard.

The armature rapper, who posts videos of his music online, appeared via video link at Manly Local Court on Thursday, facing one charge of robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon.

His lawyer Robert Candelori told NewsLocal, his client intends to defend the charges. 

Riley Higgins (pictured), 23, is accused of robbing a convenience store in Sydney’s Northern Beaches on Wednesday, armed with an air rifle

Higgins was allegedly captured on CCTV entering the convenience store carrying an air rifle as he approached the counter

Higgins was allegedly captured on CCTV entering the convenience store carrying an air rifle as he approached the counter   

Employees say a man politely asked for the money before he fled the scene with $400 cash

Employees say a man politely asked for the money before he fled the scene with $400 cash

Where did the Higgins’ family fortune come from? 

Riley Higgins, 23, is the son of Peter Higgins, who helped launch Mortgage Choice in 1992.

The Australian mortgage broking firm has a customer base of more than 350,000 and a residential home loan panel of over 40 lenders nationwide.  

The company is estimated to be worth about $244million but Peter Higgins has since sold his stake in the company.

Riley Higgins, who attended Scots College – the elite $40,000-a-year school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs – was once photographed with his multimillionaire father alongside former Prime Minster Scott Morrison. 

A shaken employee who was captured on CCTV with a weapon pointed in her face claimed the armed robber was very well-mannered.

‘It was terribly surreal…he was awfully polite,’ she told 9News 

Another employee said: ‘Is this really happening… are you kidding me,’ 

Higgins will spend the next two weeks behind bars after he declined to make a release application on Thursday. 

‘These are serious matters and of course he needs to be mentally assessed, which we are arranging for that to occur and hopefully we will have more information later,’ Mr Candelori said.

‘But at this stage the matter is defended.’

Riley Higgins is the son of multi-millionaire Mortgage Choice co-founder Peter Higgins (pictured)

Riley Higgins is the son of multi-millionaire Mortgage Choice co-founder Peter Higgins (pictured)

The Scots College Alumni was previously captured with his father rubbing shoulders with former prime minster Scott Morrison

The Scots College Alumni was previously captured with his father rubbing shoulders with former prime minster Scott Morrison

Higgins, who attended Scots College – the elite $40,000-a-year school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs – was once photographed with his multimillionaire father alongside former Prime Minster Scott Morrison. 

Peter Higgins, helped launch Mortgage Choice in 1992, but is no longer affiliated with the company. 

The Australian mortgage broking firm has a customer base of more than 350,000 and a residential home loan panel of over 40 lenders nationwide. 

The company is estimated to be worth about $244million. 

Higgins often posts clips of himself rapping with explicit lyrics.

In one of the videos, he features in a black tracksuit with sunglasses and raps while he is outside.

Despite his privileged private school upbringing, his songs feature gritty lyrics about urban life. 

Other posts on his social media feature him on boats and posing with luxury cars. 

Higgins will return to court on September 1. 

***
Read more at DailyMail.co.uk