Charges following armed robberies in south-eastern suburbs

Eastern Region Crime Squad detectives have charged a teenager following four armed robberies in the south-eastern suburbs on Saturday.

The charges follow a spate of armed robberies in Cheltenham, Brighton, Mount Waverley, and Camberwell, including:

• a business on Bernard Street, Cheltenham about 3.50pm on 15 June, where police will allege the group assaulted one staff member before fleeing with cash and cigarettes in a white Mercedes.

• a business on Cochrane Street, Brighton, where officers were told the group made demands for cash and cigarettes before assaulting three employees, who were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

• a business on Andrew Street in Mount Waverley just after 6pm where allegedly, the trio produced a knife and stole cigarettes, before fleeing in the Mercedes.

• a business on Through Road in Camberwell just before 6.30pm where police will allege the trio again produced a knife and fled the scene with cash and cigarettes.

Officers believe the white Mercedes was stolen from a property on Newlands Crescent, Doncaster East on 7 June.

A 14-year-old Seymour boy has been charged with:

• 4 x armed robbery

• 2 x attempted burglary

• attempted theft

• burglary

• theft

• criminal damage

• theft of motor vehicle

• possess imitation firearm.

He will face a children’s court later today.

The investigation remains ongoing, and further arrests are expected to be made.

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