Three men have been charged following an alleged armed robbery and police operation in the Lake Illawarra area.
About 3.15pm yesterday (Tuesday 25 February 2020), police will allege a group of men, armed with knives and a firearm, entered a business in Berkeley and threatened the employees.
The men allegedly stole cash before they fled the scene in a grey sedan.
No one was injured.
Officers from Lake Illawarra Police District established a crime scene and commenced an investigation.
Following extensive inquiries, police attended a home in Warwick Street, Berkeley shortly after 6.30pm.
A 22-year-old man was arrested as he allegedly attempted to flee the property.
With the assistance of police negotiators, about 10.45pm two men, aged 32 and 35, exited the property and were also arrested.
During a subsequent search of the property, police allegedly located a pistol and knives believed to be used in the armed robbery.
All three men were taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station.
Two of the men – aged 22 and 35 – were charged with robbery armed with a dangerous weapon.
The 32-year-old man was charged with robbery armed with a dangerous weapon and possess prohibited drug. He was also charged with outstanding warrants relating to firearm offences and an aggravated break and enter.
All three were refused bail and are due to face Wollongong Local Court today (Wednesday 26 February 2020).
Investigations are continuing.