Two men have been charged over an armed robbery in the Hunter region earlier this year.
Strike Force Shirley was established by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad and Port Stephens and Central Hunter Local Area Commands, to investigate a series of armed robberies in the area.
Two men – aged 18 and 30 – have previously been charged by strike force detectives.
As part of ongoing investigations, police from Port Stephens Local Area Command attended a home on Cook Street, Raymond Terrace, about 1.45pm on Saturday (8 April 2017), where they located a 21-year-old man hiding under a bed.
He was arrested and taken to Raymond Terrace Station, where he was charged with robbery whilst armed with a dangerous weapon, and possess prohibited drug.
Police will allege the charge relates to the armed robbery of a fast food restaurant at Williamtown on Wednesday 25 January 2017.
Following further inquiries, strike force investigators arrested a 32-year-old man at a motel on the Pacific Highway, Heatherbrae, about 10.30pm.
He was taken to Raymond Terrace Station and charged with robbery whilst armed with a dangerous weapon.
Both men were refused bail and appeared at Newcastle Local Court yesterday (Sunday 9 April 2017), where they were formally refused bail to appear at the same court later today (Monday 10 April 2017).