Fifth man arrested over armed robberies

Police investigating a number of armed robberies on the Central Coast charged a fifth man following his extradition from Queensland.

Earlier this year, the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad and Brisbane Water Local Area Command formed Strike Force Bevam to investigate a number of recent armed robberies at chemists and service stations on the Central Coast.

As reported in Coast Community News Issue 114, on Monday August 3, acting on information that a robbery was to occur at a chemist in East Gosford, detectives stopped a car on Ocean View Dve, Wamberal, arresting two men and one woman.

The trio was taken to Gosford Police Station. A search warrant was subsequently executed at a home in Albany St, East Gosford, where police arrested a second woman and seized a number of items of interest to the investigation.

A 26-year-old man was charged with two counts of robbery whilst armed with an offensive weapon in relation to alleged robberies at an East Gosford chemist on Sunday, April 19 and Monday, June 8, 2015.

He was also charged with conspiracy to commit robbery whilst armed with an offensive weapon in relation to the alleged planned robbery on August 3. A 34-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man were both charged with conspiracy to commit robbery whilst armed with an offensive weapon in relation to the alleged planned robbery on August 3.

A 23-year-old woman was charged with robbery whilst armed with an offensive weapon in relation to the alleged robbery of an East Gosford chemist on Sunday, April 19.

All four are now before the court. After making further inquiries, detectives made contact with their counterparts in Queensland, who, acting on information provided by Strike Force Bevam, arrested a 19-year old man in Caloundra on Wednesday, August 12.

The man was extradited to NSW on August 13 and charged with robbery whilst armed with an offensive weapon in relation to alleged robberies at an East Gosford chemist. Refused bail, he was scheduled to appear before Central Coast Local Court on Friday, August 14.

Media release,
14 August 2015
NSW Police media

 

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