Alleged gunman arrested
POLICE have arrested the gunmen they allege are connected with five armed robberies across the Northern Rivers in the past three weeks.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore said following a coordinated investigation involving police across several commands the men, aged 24 and 34 were arrested last night near Newcastle.
"Officers from Richmond and Tweed Byron Local Area Commands, as well as State Crime Command's Robbery and Serious Crime Squad established Strike Force McLymont to investigate a string of armed robberies that occurred on the far north coast in late January and early February," he said.
"At about 6.20pm yesterday, police arrested two men, aged 24 and 34, at a motel in Adamstown."
"They were taken to Waratah Police Station where they were both charged in relation to five armed robbery offences including:"
• A sandwich shop on Ballina Road, Lismore, on 22 January 2013 (knife allegedly used)
• A takeaway shop at Banora Point on 26 January 2013 (handgun allegedly used)
• A video store with at Banora Point on 28 January 2013 (handgun allegedly used)
• A hotel in South Lismore on 31 January 2013 (handgun allegedly used)
• A credit union in Casino on 4 February 2013 (handgun allegedly used)
Det Insp Moore said the 24-year-old man was also charged with possess unregistered firearm after a semi-automatic handgun was allegedly located in a motor vehicle at the time of the arrest.
"It is understood he is also wanted on arrest warrants in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia."
"The 34-year-old man was also charged with five counts of conceal serious offence."
Both men were refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court today.