A third man has been charged with nine offences over his alleged role in two home invasions, a high-speed crash, and two carjackings in Sydney’s south west earlier this month.
Police will allege in court four men, armed with firearms and poles, forced entry to a Fairfield home at 7am on Saturday 9 March 2019 and a Bonnyrigg home at 8.15am the same day, before assaulting the occupants.
Shortly after, a white Mercedes crashed into another car on the M5 at Moorebank and caught alight.
Four men got out of the car, with two fleeing on foot.
The other pair allegedly carjacked a Nissan Navara 4WD at gunpoint.
The Nissan was later located at a Moorebank service station after a second vehicle – a yellow Holden Commodore – was carjacked.
Following an extensive search by police, with the assistance of PolAir and the Dog Unit, two men – aged 28 and 39 – were arrested at Prestons. They were later charged and remain before the courts.
The State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad took carriage of the investigation and established Strike Force Linoleum to investigate the incidents.
Following extensive inquiries, detectives executed a search warrant at a Fairfield home about 6.30am today (Wednesday 27 March 2019).
Detectives arrested a 26-year-old man at the property before he was taken to Fairfield Police Station.
The man was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with intent to take/drive motor vehicle-armed with weapon, two counts of aggravated take/drive motor vehicle with person in/on it-armed with weapon, three counts of special aggravated break and enter & commit serious indictable offence-weapon, be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, and knowingly participate in criminal group assist crime.
He was refused bail to appear at Fairfield Local Court today (Wednesday 27 March 2019).
Investigations under Strike Force Linoleum are continuing, and police are still seeking a fourth man in relation to the incident.
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Linoleum investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.