Robbery and Serious Crime Squad detectives have arrested four men as part of an ongoing investigation into seven robberies across Sydney.
Officers from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad established Strike Force Canberry to investigate seven robberies – including five where weapons were produced – at various businesses between July 2019 and June 2020 in Bankstown, Castle Hill, Cherrybrook, Hurlstone Park, Milperra, Moorebank and Padstow.
As part of inquiries, strike force investigators conducted Firearms Prohibition Order (FPO) and Weapons Prohibition Order (WPO) checks at a home at Metcalfe Avenue, Moorebank, last Wednesday (29 July 2020).
During the search, officers located and seized a number of items relevant to the investigation.
A 24-year-old man was arrested and taken to Liverpool Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of robbery armed with offensive weapon.
Police will allege in court that the man was involved in an armed robbery at a pharmacy at Cherrybrook on Tuesday 30 June 2020, during which two employees were threatened with a knife.
He appeared at Liverpool Local Court last Thursday (30 July 2020), where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court on Monday 28 September 2020.
Following further extensive investigations, Robbery and Serious Crime Squad detectives, executed four search warrants at homes at Chester Hill, Georges Hall, Greenacre and Fairfield from 6am today (Wednesday 5 August 2020). These searches are continuing.
Investigators were also assisted by the Public Order and Riot Squad (PORS), South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad (RES) and the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor throughout the operation.
Three men – aged 20, 24 and 26 – were arrested and taken to Bankstown Police Station.
Investigations are continuing and charges are expected to be laid.