Three charged over Club Urunga robbery

Police have arrested and charged three men with various offences followinginvestigations into a series of armed robberies on the Mid North Coastincluding the armed hold up of Club Urunga in June this year.
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Strike Force Mehi is comprised of detectives from the Robbery and SeriousCrime Squad and the Mid North Coast and Coffs/Clarence local area commands.

During the course of their investigations into numerous armed robberies,detectives also uncovered information relating to a number of break and enters,drug offences and firearms offences.

As a result of those inquiries, police arrested three men at Newry Street,Nambucca Heads, about 3.30pm on Tuesday, August 21 and took them to MacksvillePolice Station.

A 29-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug (x3); supplyshortened firearm; supply ammunition; conspiracy to commit break and enter;break and enter with intent; break, enter and steal (x2); and fail to stop(police pursuit). He was refused bail to face Kempsey Local Court last Wednesday(August 22).

An 18-year-old man was charged with conspiracy to commit break, enter andsteal; and break, enter and steal (x2). He was granted conditional bail to faceMacksville Local Courton September 7.

A 28-year-old man was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.He was granted conditional bail to face Coffs Harbour Local Court on September 4.

Following the three arrests made on Tuesday,Strike Force Mehi conducted a search warrant on a Bonville propertyonWednesdaywhere police uncovered a large quantity of drugs.

Also found at the Pine Creek Way property was a snake and anumber of other items were taken from the property which are likely to be thesubject of further forensic and scientific examination.

“The property is subject to further enquiriesand I would anticipate there will be further charges made,” Coffs/ClarenceLAC Crime Manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said at a pressconference held after the search at the local station.

Four people were present at the property whenthe search warrant was conducted and as a result Court Attendance Notices(CANs) were issued by police.

Inspector Lindsay said the Strike Force wascontinuing to investigate a number of robberies including the armed robbery ofClub Urunga on June 17 where a male was injured and taken to hospital.

“These armed robberies have been a realconcern for us,” he said. “They are a particularly violent and riskyactivity. The Urunga job that was committed was a very violent offence andsomeone has ended up in hospital because of that.”

On Thursday, Police have raideda house and a disused caravan park on Deep Creek Road at Valla. During the search warrants,officers seized an amount of property including balaclavas, jemmy bars, andclothing. Also seized were televisions, chainsaws, a jet ski and an outboardmotor, all suspected to have been stolen. Two firearms and a large amount ofammunition was seized with further enquires to be made in relation to owner ofthe firearms.

Meanwhile police are continuingtheir investigations to identify the rightful owners of the recovered property.

One of the armed robbers inside Club Urunga on June 17.

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