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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Man arrested after armed robbery near Maitland

A man has been arrested following an alleged armed robbery and pursuit near Maitland this afternoon.

About 1.30pm on Tuesday 6 April, police were called to a takeaway shop on Lawson Avenue, Beresfield, after a male – armed with a firearm – entered the store and threatened an employee.

He fled the scene a short time later in a Mazda 3.

Luckily, no one was injured during the incident.

Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District then started a large-scale search for the man.

Police patrolling the area spotted the Mazda 3 on Woodberry Road and initiated a short pursuit.

The Mazda stopped and a 42-year-old man was arrested without incident.

Officers conducted a search of the vehicle, where they located and seized a gel blaster gun.

The vehicle has also been seized for forensic testing.

The man was taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station, where inquiries are continuing.

A crime scene has been established.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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