Man charged over numerous thefts in the Hunter

A man will face court today charged over an alleged armed robbery and multiple stealing offences in the Hunter region.

About midday on Sunday 5 January 2020, a man entered a service station on Mulbring Street, Stanford Merthyr, and allegedly threatened an attendant with a knife before demanding cash and cigarettes.

The attendant refused before the man allegedly fled the scene with a number of other items from the store and without paying for petrol.

Officers from Hunter Valley Police District attended and commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, on Tuesday 14 January 2020 officers attached to Hunter Valley Police District attended a park in Kurri Kurri for a concern for welfare and arrested a 42-year-old man.

He was taken to Cessnock Police Station before being transported to Maitland Hospital for assessment.

Yesterday (Wednesday 15 January 2020), the man was released and taken to Maitland Police Station, where he was charged with one count of armed robbery, five counts of larceny and three counts of drive whilst disqualified.

Police will allege the 42-year-old was involved in numerous stealing offences in Pelaw Main, Neath, Cessnock, and Weston between June 2019 and January 2020.

The man was refused bail to face Maitland Local Court today (Thursday 16 January 2020).

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