Armed Crime Squad detectives have today charged a man following an alleged armed robbery at a gold business in Melbourne’s CBD earlier this week.
Police arrested a 48-year-old Hawthorn East man in Hawthorn East yesterday afternoon.
Searches were subsequently conducted at two residential properties in Hawthorn East and Fitzroy, as well as a rural property at Dollar, in the state’s south east.
Detectives uncovered significant quantities of gold bullion and cash, along with a loaded handgun and stolen numberplates.
The man has been 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 will shortly appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.
A 48-year-old Hawthorn East woman was also arrested, however she has been released pending further enquiries.
The arrests follow an alleged armed robbery at a gold business on Collins Street on Monday, 27 April where significant quantities of gold and cash were taken.
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