CCTV clue in CBD armed robbery investigation

Armed Crime Squad detectives have released CCTV footage of a vehicle they believe may be connected to an alleged armed robbery that occurred at a gold business in Melbourne’s CBD last month.

The vehicle, a white Holden Commodore utility with black slimline plates with partial registration beginning with HA, was sighted in Anderson Street, Leongatha about 1.10pm on Thursday, 30 April.

The driver of that vehicle was a man perceived to be Caucasian in appearance and aged in his early 40s and he had stopped on the side of the road.

At the time the man was wearing a blue jacket with red on it.

It is believed the man was travelling to the town of Dollar when he became lost and sought directions.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the vehicle in the Dollar area or who spoke to the driver, as well as who knows the current whereabouts of the vehicle.

Armed Crime Squad detectives are continuing to investigate the alleged armed robbery which occurred at a gold business on Collins Street on Monday, 27 April.

A 48-year-old Hawthorn East man was arrested on 29 April and subsequently charged with armed robbery, theft, false imprisonment, armed with criminal intent, common law assault and two counts of non-prohibited person in possession of a handgun.

He was remanded in custody and will appear again at Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on the 24 July, 2020.

A 48-year-old Hawthorn East woman was also arrested on 29 April, however she was released pending further enquiries.

As part of the investigation, police searched several suburban properties in Melbourne along with a rural property in Dollar.

A significant quantity of gold bullion and cash, along with a loaded handgun and stolen numberplates, were seized as part of those searches.

The investigation into the incident remains ongoing and anyone with any information urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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