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Sixth man charged after investigation into Lake Macquarie armed robberies

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A sixth man has been charged following an investigation into a series of armed robberies in the Lake Macquarie region.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad established Strike Force Bergs to investigate eight incidents at licensed clubs and hotels, which occurred between February and May 2019.

Four men – aged 24, 27, 36 and 29 – have been charged by strike force detectives over their involvement and since faced court.

As part of Strike Force Bergs, an investigation was also conducted into the alleged robbery of a hotel on Lake Road, Argenton, on Monday 6 May 2019.

It is alleged two men entered the premises using keys and assaulted an employee, before stealing cash, then fleeing on foot.

Following extensive inquiries, investigators arrested a 25-year-old man at an apartment on Hanbury Street, Mayfield, about 9.50am on Thursday 21 October.

During a subsequent search of the premises, investigators seized methylamphetamine, an extendable baton, and two mobile phones.

The man was taken to Newcastle Police Station.

He was subsequently charged with robbery in company, supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis, possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit, and possess prohibited drug.

He was refused bail and will appear at Newcastle Local Court on Friday 22 October.

The other man allegedly involved, a 24-year-old, was arrested and charged in June and remains before the courts.

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