Police have two charged two men near Newcastle after an armed robbery spree on the north coast culminating in a daring raid on a Casino credit union this week.
Officers from Richmond and Tweed/Byron local area commands, as well as State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad established Strike Force McLymont to investigated a string of armed robberies that occurred on the far north coast in late January and early February.
About 6.20pm on Thursday 7 February, police arrested two men, aged 24 and 34, at a motel in Adamstown.
They were taken to Waratah Police Station where they were both charged in relation to five armed robbery offences including:
- a sandwich shop on Ballina Road, Lismore, on 22 January 2013 (knife allegedly used)
- a takeaway shop at Banora Point on 26 January 2013 (handgun allegedly used)
- a video store with at Banora Point on 28 January 2013 (handgun allegedly used)
- a hotel in South Lismore on 31 January 2013 (handgun allegedly used)
- a credit union in Casino on 4 February 2013 (handgun allegedly used).
The 24-year-old man was also charged with possess unregistered firearm after a semi-automatic handgun was allegedly located in a motor vehicle at the time of the arrest.
It is understood he is also wanted on arrest warrants in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
The 34-year-old man was also charged with five counts of conceal serious offence.
They have both been refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court.