Police charge man over armed robbery at Batemans Bay

A man has been charged following an investigation into an alleged armed robbery of a motel on the state’s South Coast earlier this month.

About 8.30am on Wednesday 10 November 2021, a man allegedly armed with a weapon entered the reception office of a motel on Beach Road, Batemans Bay, and threatened an employee before destroying a desk phone, stealing cash, then fleeing.

The man was last seen running west along Beach Road a short time after the incident.

The employee, a 55-year-old man, was not physically injured.

Detectives from South Coast Police District commenced inquiries into the incident under Strike Force Canty.

As part of extensive inquiries, officers attached to Batemans Bay Police were conducting patrols, when they located a man fleeing on foot after falling off his motorcycle on the Princes Highway, Mogo, about 2.40am on Saturday (20 November 2021).

It will be alleged the 24-year-old man was in possession of prescription drug Buprenorphine.

The man was taken to Moruya Hospital under police guard, before being released and taken to Batemans Bay Police Station, where he was charged with three outstanding warrants, robbery whilst armed with an offensive weapon – serious indictable offence, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, and possess prohibited drug.

The Batemans Bay man appeared in Wollongong Bail Court via AVL yesterday (Sunday 21 November 2021), where he was formally refused bail, to reappear in Batemans Bay Local Court today (Monday 22 November 2021).

Investigations under Strike Force Canty continue.

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