Police charge five with conspiracy; firearm seized – Robbery and Serious Crime Squad

Five men will face court today charged with conspiracy to commit an aggravated break and enter in Sydney’s south-west yesterday.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad and Liverpool City Police Area Command established Strike Force Gritten to investigate break-ins and armed robberies in south-west Sydney.

About 8.30pm yesterday (Wednesday 20 November 2019), officers were called to a two-vehicle crash at Rickard Road, Bankstown.

Three men from one vehicle fled the scene on foot, while the other vehicle left the scene.

Strike force detectives, with assistance from the Dog Unit and officers from Bankstown Police Area Command, arrested two 20-year-old men and an 18-year-old man a short distance away.

Police located a loaded firearm in a backpack, which was seized for forensic and ballistic examination.

Two other men – aged 19 and 20 – were arrested nearby.

All five men were taken to Bankstown Police Station and charged with conspiracy to commit offence special aggravated break and enter with intent-armed with dangerous weapon.

One of the 20-year-old man was also charged with possess shortened firearm without authority.

Police will allege in court that the group had conspired to commit a home invasion with a firearm in Bankstown yesterday evening.

The men were refused bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court today (Thursday 21 November 2019).

No injuries have been reported and inquiries are continuing to local the occupants of the second vehicle.

Investigations under Strike Force Gritten are continuing.

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