Police seek information over 2001 Central Coast armed robbery – SCC Robbery and Serious Crime Squad

Detectives have commenced a renewed investigation into an armed robbery, where a shot was fired, on the state’s Central Coast nearly 20 years ago.

About 2.50pm on Thursday 25 October 2001, two men – armed with a firearm – entered a jewellery store on Karalta Road, Erina.

The men threatened staff before stealing cash and jewellery and were last seen entering a blue Holden Commodore sedan, being driven by a third man.

As the vehicle was fleeing the scene, one of the men leant out of the vehicle and fired a shot at a member of the public.

No one was injured.

The sedan, which inquiries reveal had been stolen from Lake Munmorah, was later found abandoned nearby and seized.

Detectives from State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad have since taken carriage of the investigation.

As they continue with their inquiries, investigators have released images of a pair of reading glasses and a Blue Holden Commodore sedan.

The glasses are similar to a pair one of the men was seen wearing at the time of the incident who may be able to assist police with their inquiries.

Robbery and Serious Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, said investigators are committed to arresting those persons responsible.

“This was a brazen act in broad daylight and to fire a shot at a member of the community is just deplorable,” Det Supt Doherty said.

“Advancements in forensic technology provides us the necessary tools to help put these thugs behind bars.

“While we continue to re-examine this case and use all the resources at our disposal, we encourage any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.”

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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