Two Queensland men have been charged after an attempted armed robbery in Byron Bay.
Emergency services were called to a motel on Bangalow Road around 8.30pm on Sunday night, after residents reported suspicious behaviour.
Initial reports suggested that two men – armed with a gun – were threatening residents.
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When police arrived at the scene, the two men fled on foot.
Officers caught a 33-year-old man a short time later, and took him to the Byron Bay Police Station.
Following further inquiries, a Holden Commodore with Queensland registration was found near the motel, with a number of stolen items inside.
Police also found a cigarette slighter shaped like a firearm inside the car as well.
A short time later, a 23-year-old man was arrested in Jonson Street, Byron Bay and also taken to the Byron Bay Police Station.
Both men – believed to be from Queensland – were charged with multiple offences, including driving with a suspended licence, using a vehicle with an unauthorised number plate, stalking/intimidating and intent to cause fear or physical harm.
They appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday, where they were both refused bail to reappear again next month.
Police will also allege the men used the car in a number of fail-to-pay incidents in Queensland and New South Wales.