Four men in their 20s have been arrested and charged following an investigation into a string of robberies across south-west and north-west Sydney.
Detectives from the State Crime Command's robbery and serious crime squad established Strike Force Canberry to investigate several robberies, the first of which allegedly occurred on July 1 last year.
A man is arrested in Chester Hill, one of four charged following a string of robberies across Sydney over the past year.Credit:Police Media
Two men – one armed with a knife – allegedly threatened three employees at a chemist on Stockton Avenue, Moorebank, before fleeing with cash and prescription medication.
Late at night on November 6 last year, four men, armed with knives and machetes, entered a chemist on Old Northern Road, Castle Hill. The men allegedly threatened staff and several customers, before stealing cash and prescription medication.
About 11.50pm on December 4, police said three men tried to break into a fast-food restaurant on Fairford Road, Padstow. An extensive search of the area was conducted, but no one was found.
Just three days later, on December 7, two men – one armed with a machete – entered a fast-food restaurant on Canterbury Road, Hurlstone Park, and allegedly threatened staff before stealing cash and fleeing.
The next night, two men – one armed with a knife – entered a fast-food restaurant at the intersection of Milperra Road and Henry Lawson Drive, Milperra, and allegedly stole cash as well as hitting a female employee, who did not require medical assistance.
On December 30, three men allegedly assaulted two staff members at a business on Exceller Avenue, Bankstown, and stole cash. The staff members were treated at the scene by paramedics for minor injuries.
On June 30 this year, two men – one armed with a knife – allegedly threatened two employees at a pharmacy on Shepherds Drive, Cherrybrook, before stealing cash and prescription medication.
As part of inquiries, police conducted a Firearms Prohibition Order and Weapons Prohibition Order check at a home at Metcalfe Avenue, Moorebank, on July 29.
A 24-year-old man was arrested and taken to Liverpool police station, where he was charged with two counts of armed robbery.
Police will allege in court that the man was involved in the armed robbery at the pharmacy at Cherrybrook.
He appeared at Liverpool Local Court last Thursday and was formally refused bail. He is due to reappear at the same court on September 28.
Detectives executed four search warrants at homes at Chester Hill, Georges Hall, Greenacre and Fairfield on Wednesday.
During the searches, officers seized mobile phones, prohibited drugs and a crossbow.
Three men – aged 20, 24 and 26 – were arrested and taken to Bankstown police station.
A 20-year-old Chester Hill man was charged with 11 offences, while a 24-year-old Georges Hall man and a 26-year-old Fairfield man were each charged with eight.
Police will allege in court that all three men were involved in several armed robberies across Sydney between July last year and June this year.
It will be further alleged that the 26-year-old man made fraudulent claims under a NSW government financial benefit scheme.