An Ettalong man has fronted court as part of an investigation into a series of armed robberies across the Central Coast.
At about 8.15pm on Friday, September 13, two men, one armed with a shortened double-barrel shotgun, entered a liquor store at Long Jetty and threatened the staff member and a customer, demanding cash.
The men stole cash and the customer’s wallet before running from the store.
In a second incident, a man armed with a shortened double-barrel shotgun entered a Wamberal liquor store, just before 8pm on Wednesday, September 18, and threatened the employee before taking cash and fleeing the scene.
A third incident occurred at about 9pm on Monday, September 30, at Shelly Beach Golf Club, where two men, one armed with a shortened double-barrel shotgun, threatened staff and security, demanding cash.
Both men fled the scene with cash.
At about 7:15am on Tuesday, October 8, a man armed with a shortened double-barrel shotgun entered a Bateau Bay liquor store, and threatened the staff member, demanding cash and cigarettes.
The man fled with the stolen goods and was seen entering the passenger side of a waiting vehicle.
Local detectives commenced inquiries into each incident before Strike Force Conus was established by detectives from the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad to investigate the incidents, which were all believed to be linked.
Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives, assisted by the Tactical Operations Unit (TOU), arrested a 42-year-old man during a vehicle stop on Flathead Rd, Ettalong, at about 7:40pm on Thursday, October 17.
Shortly after the arrest, investigators attended a nearby home, which appeared to have been booby trapped.
The home was rendered safe with the assistance of police negotiators and TOU operatives, before a search warrant was executed.
During the search, police seized ammunition, handcuffs, and various items of interest to the investigation.
The man was taken to Gosford Police Station before being taken by NSW Ambulance paramedics to hospital for treatment.
He has since been charged with two counts each of robbery whilst armed with dangerous weapon, in company; and robbery whilst armed with dangerous weapon, drive whilst disqualified and possess ammunition.
Investigations under Strike Force Conus are continuing.
Media release, Oct 18
NSW Police Media