A third man has been charged over a series of armed robberies on the state’s Mid North Coast and Coffs Coast.
Strike Force Soren was established by detectives from the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad to investigate six armed robberies during an 18-month period at Sawtell, Coffs Harbour, Wauchope, Mylestom, Macksville, and Toormina.
Two men were previously charged over their alleged roles in the robberies. They remain before the court.
Following further inquiries, strike force investigators arrested a 35-year-old man at Kempsey Police Station yesterday (Tuesday October 10).
The Wauchope man was charged with four counts of robbery armed with offensive weapon, two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery armed with offensive weapon, and participate in criminal group contribute criminal activity.
Police will allege the charges relate to:
- Armed robbery at a licensed premises on Lyons Road, Sawtell, on Tuesday 10 November 2015
- Armed robbery at a licensed club on Jordan Esplanade, Coffs Harbour, on Wednesday 17 February 2016
- Armed robbery at a licensed club on King Street, Wauchope, on Monday 2 May 2016
- Armed robbery at a licensed premises on Toormina Road, Toormina, on Thursday 20 April 2017.
He was refused bail and appeared at Kempsey Local Court, where he was formally refused bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Tuesday November 28 2017.