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Women threatened during Valentine armed robbery

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Even though inquiries are continuing, a man has been charged following an armed robbery in Lake Macquarie on Wednesday.

About 7am on 5 October, two women were inside a service station on Macquarie Drive, Valentine, when a man entered the store.

Police claim the male threatened the female customer with a knife and demanded her wallet, before he threatened the 46-year-old attendant and fled the store in a Mitsubishi Outlander.

No one was injured during the incident.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District were notified and, while responding, sighted a Mitsubishi Outlander matching the description of the vehicle in James Street, Windale.

Police observed a man flee before they engaged in a foot pursuit and arrested a 21-year-old at a nearby home.

He was taken to Belmont Police Station and charged with two counts of robbery armed with an offensive weapon, assault with intent to rob armed with offensive weapon, be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, enter vehicle or boat without consent of owner/occupier, and two counts of larceny.

The man was refused bail to appear at Toronto Local Court on Thursday 6 October.

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