Detectives investigating a series of armed robberies in Sydney’s west in recent weeks have charged a second teenager over his alleged role in each of the incidents.
Just after 5.30pm on Thursday 15 August 2019, two men – one armed with a pistol – entered a mixed business on the corner of Water Street and Woodburn Road, Auburn.
One of the men threatened an employee and demanded cash, before the pair left the premises with cash and cigarettes.
In separate incident, three men – one armed with firearm – entered a business on George Street, Clyde, about 8pm on Wednesday 21 August 2019.
The men attempted to gain entry through a second door, however, they were unsuccessful and left the premises. They were last seen running southbound along George Street.
A short time later (about 8.30pm on Wednesday 21 August 2019), two men – armed with a knife and a firearm – entered a mixed business at the intersection of Cumberland and Albert roads, Auburn.
The men threatened two employees and demanded cash, before fleeing the premises empty handed.
In a fourth incident, police were told a man armed with a knife, entered a mixed business on the corner of Water Street and Woodburn Road, Auburn, about 8.20pm on Friday 13 September 2019.
The man threatened two employees – a 73-year-old man and a nine-year-old girl – before fleeing the scene with cash and cigarettes.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad established Strike Force Browallia to investigate the armed robberies, which are believed to be linked.
Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives executed two search warrants at homes in South Granville and Berala about 7.30am on Tuesday 17 September 2019.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested and charged by strike force investigators. He remains before the courts.
Following further inquiries, police arrested an 18-year-old man at Parramatta Police Station about 7am today (Monday 23 September 2019).
The Berala man was charged with robbery while armed with dangerous weapon, two counts of attempted robbery while armed with dangerous weapon, and robbery armed with offensive weapon.
He was refused bail and will appear at Parramatta Local Court today (Monday 23 September 2019).
Investigations under Strike Force Browallia are continuing.
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Browallia detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.