Police arrest man after armed robbery near Maitland

A man has been arrested following an alleged armed robbery and pursuit near Maitland.

About 1.30pm (Tuesday 6 April 2021), police were called to a takeaway shop on Lawson Avenue, Beresfield, following reports a man – armed with a firearm – entered the store and threatened an employee.

The man fled the scene a short time later in a Mazda 3; no one was injured during the incident.

Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District were notified and commenced a large-scale search for the man.

Police patrolling the area spotted the Mazda 3 on Woodberry Road and initiated a short pursuit.

The Mazda stopped and a 42-year-old man was arrested without incident.

Officers conducted a search of the vehicle, where they located and seized a gel blaster gun. The vehicle has also been seized for forensic testing.

The man was taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station, where inquiries are continuing.

A crime scene has been established.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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