Three NSW Men Charged Over Violent Robbery Spree
Three NSW men, aged 24, 27 and 36, have been charged over a robbery spree around Lake Macquarie using hand-held weapons like knives, hammers and bricks.
Three man have been charged over a spree of eight violent robberies on bowling and golf clubs around Lake Macquarie on the NSW central Coast.
Detectives say the gang used knives, hammers, axes, bricks, crowbars and metal poles to rob the clubs at Rathmines, New Lambton, Telarah, Boolaroo, Edgeworth and Toronto twice, as well as a pub at Wangi, between February 23 and May 24.
The Robbery and Serious Crime Squad commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, praised the efforts to catch the men.
"In two of these incidents, members of the public were injured, and we know it's not just physical injuries, it's also psychological trauma these victims will carry as a result of the actions of these men," Det Supt Doherty said on Friday.
"These brazen acts are completely unacceptable and place unnecessary fear into communities who want to visit their local clubs in peace."
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A 24-year-old and a 27-year-old have been charged with 34 offences including robbery armed with a grievous weapon, assault with intent to rob and break and enter.
They've been refused bail to appear in appear in Newcastle Local Court on Friday.
A 36-year-old has been charged with accessory to a robbery armed with an offensive weapon and possession of a shortened firearm and ammunition without a licence.
He was granted bail to appear in Toronto Local Court on June 18.