A man has been charged following an investigation into a string of alleged armed robberies at service stations in the Hunter region.
On 1 January 2024, police were called to a service station in Salt Ash, where they were told a man entered the station before allegedly demanding money before he fled in a vehicle with an amount of cash and cigarettes.
The following day, police were called to a service station on Cessnock Road, Weston, where they were told a man entered the service station allegedly threatening an employee and demanding money.
In a third incident that evening, at around 7:15pm, police were told a man entered a service station on Cessnock Road, Neath, allegedly threatening an employee and demanding money.
On each occasion the man fled the scene in a vehicle with cash and cigarettes. No employees were injured.
A short time later, around 8:15pm, police were told a man attended a service station on Wollombi Road, Cessnock, filled his car with petrol, and entered the station allegedly demanding money. He was unsuccessful in obtaining proceeds and fled the scene without paying for the petrol.
Following an investigation, a 36-year-old man was arrested on Harrington Street, The Rocks, and taken to Surry Hills Police Station where he was charged with two counts of robbery while armed with dangerous weapon, robbery, demand property with menaces with intent to steal, dishonestly obtain property by deception and possess prohibited drug.