CHARGED: Specialist police make the dramatic arrest of the armed robbery suspect, 30, at a Raymond Terrace address on Friday. He is the second suspect to be charged by Strike Force Shirley. Picture: NSW Police.UPDATE, 10.10am: Detectives investigating a series of armed robberies across the Hunter have announced the arrest of a further two suspects.
Two men, aged 18 and 30, were dramatically arrested during different operations last week.
Strike Force Shirley detectives said on Monday they had arrested a 21-year-old man after finding him hiding under a bed in a Raymond Terrace home on Saturday afternoon.
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 he was involved in the armed robbery of the McDonalds restaurant at Heatherbrae on January 25.
Investigators also arrested a man, 32, at a motel on the Pacific Highway, Heatherbrae, about 10.30pm on Saturday.
He was taken to Raymond Terrace Station and charged with robbery whilst armed with a dangerous weapon.
Both men were refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Monday.
SPECIALIST police investigating a series of violent armed robberies across the Hunter have made their second dramatic arrest.
Strike Force Shirley investigators, made up from local detectives and those from the State Crime Command’s robbery and serious crime squad, swooped on their second suspect on Friday following an intense investigation.
The arrest, which occurred with the help of the gang squad’s Strike Force Raptor, was made following a vehicle stop on Edinburgh Street at Raymond Terrace.
The driver, 30, was taken into custody and later charged with two counts of robbery whilst armed with a dangerousweapon.
Investigators will allege the charges relate to the armed robbery of the Hunter River Hotel at East Maitland on December 5 and the hold-up of the McDonalds restaurant at Williamtown on January 25.
The passenger in the vehicle – a 39-year-old man – was also arrested at the scene for unrelated matters.
Shortly after the arrest, two search warrants were executed at homes on Vogele Place and Brown Street atRaymond Terrace, where police allegedly located and seized a number of items relevant to the investigation.
Both men were taken to Raymond Terrace police station, where strike force detectives charged the younger man with the armed robberies.
He was refused bail.
The latest arrest camea day after images were released of masked suspects in the pub robbery, where a patron was attacked with a baseball bat as staff were threatened with a shotgun.
The men stole cash,purses, and a red tool box before escaping via the back door.
Two days before the release of the closed circuit television footage of the pub robbery, Strike Force Shirley investigators had circulated images of the suspects in the brazenMcDonalds hold-up and revealed they had conducted asearch warrant on a Raymond Terrace home.
An 18-year-old man was arrested last Tuesday and charged by Strike Force Shirley detectives with the McDonald armed robbery.
The teen is accused of storming the Nelson Bay Road restaurant with two other suspects.
Footage shows two of the bandits stayingwith staff as a third raided a safe and cash registers.
One male staff member was injured when he was struck on the arm by a baseball bat wielded by one of the bandits.
The robbery was completed within a few minutes, with startled customers in the restaurant’s carpark the first to raise the alarm after first suspecting it was a prank before seeing staff with their hands raised.