Several men have been arrested in Sydney over a series of alleged robberies, including one where pharmacy staff were threatened with machetes
NSW Police has reported on the efforts of Strike Force Canberry, which was established to investigate several robberies at various businesses between July 2019 and June 2020, across Sydney.
One of these incidents took place at just before 8.30pm on 1 July 2019, when two men – one armed with a knife – allegedly threatened three employees at a Moorebank pharmacy.
They allegedly fled the area with cash and prescription medication. Police note that nobody was physically injured during the incident.
A second incident involved a Castle Hill pharmacy, which was entered at around 10pm on 6 November 2019, four men armed with knives and machetes.
These men allegedly threatened staff and several customers before stealing cash and prescription medication and leaving the area. Again, nobody was physically injured.
At around 7.30 on 30 June 2020, two men, one armed with a knife, allegedly threatened two employees at a pharmacy in Cherrybrook before stealing cash and prescription medicines.
Other offences listed by NSW Police refer to threats made and the theft of cash, assaults as well as an attempted break-in, at fast food restaurants around Sydney as well as another business.
Police went to a Moorebank home on 29 July and seized a number of items relevant to the investigation. One man was arrested and formally refused bail at Liverpool Local Court, where he is scheduled to reappear in September.
Police have executed four search warrants at homes at Chester Hill, Georges Hall, Greenacre and Fairfield and seized items including mobile phones, prohibited drugs and a crossbow.
A 20-year-old Chester Hill man was charged with 11 offences including; six counts of robbery armed with offensive weapon, robbery in company, two counts of attempt robbery in company, attempt robbery with offensive weapon, robbery in company cause wounding/grievous bodily harm.
A 24-year-old Georges Hall man was charged with eight offences including; five counts of robbery armed with offensive weapon, attempt robbery in company, robbery in company cause wounding/grievous bodily harm and possess prohibited drug.
A 26-year-old Fairfield man was charged with eight offences including; two counts of robbery armed with offensive weapon, robbery in company cause wounding/grievous bodily harm, aggravated break and enter dwelling in company steal, dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception and three counts of possess prohibited drug.
Police will allege in court that all three men were involved in several armed robberies across Sydney between July 2019 and June 2020.
It will be further alleged that the 26-year-old man made fraudulent claims under an NSW Government financial benefit scheme, police say.