11 September 2019

Merimbula motel staff threatened with knife, man arrested

| Ian Campbell
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A man has been charged following an armed robbery and police pursuit in the Bega Valley.

At about 9.30 pm last night (July 10), police allege a 27-year-old man threatened two motel staff in Merimbula with a knife before demanding money from the safe.

“The man allegedly took mobile phones and car keys from the two employees, before leaving the premises in a Holden Commodore registered to the business,” police report.

Shortly after 10 pm, the vehicle was located by Traffic and Highway Patrol officers, who indicated for the vehicle to stop. A pursuit followed but was terminated shortly after.

The man was eventually arrested and taken to Bega Police Station, “where he was charged with armed robbery, take and drive conveyance, drive without a licence, possess prohibited drug and police pursuit.”

Bail was refused, the man is due to appear before Narooma Local Court today (July 11).

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