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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.

 


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