NSW police charge man over Lake Macquarie armed robberies

A man will appear in court today after being charged in relation to robberies in the Lake Macquarie District last month.

On Sunday 16 August 2020, a man threatened to stab staff members at a department store in Charlestown Square shopping centre. The man left with a sum of money. No staff were injured during the robbery.

In a second incident on Saturday 22 August 2020, a man allegedly armed with an axe threatened staff at a Toronto supermarket, before leaving with a sum of money and cigarettes.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District commenced investigations into both robberies.

Following inquiries, about 3.40pm on Friday 11 September 2020, officers from Blacktown Police Area Command spoke with a man on Hill End Road, Doonside.

The man allegedly ran from police and was arrested after a short foot pursuit with officers.

The man was taken to Blacktown Police Station where he was charged with robbery whilst armed with an offensive weapon and robbery.

The 34-year-old man from Mannering Park was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today (Saturday 12 September 2020).

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