A 23-year-old woman has been charged with robbery after allegedly staging an armed hold-up at a bottle shop she worked at in Brunswick Heads.
A man and another woman have also been charged over the robbery, which happened at a licenced premises on the Old Pacific Highway on 12 March this year.
According to police, a woman was allegedly threatened by a man armed with a firearm after she closed the business around 12.30am.
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“The man forced the woman to reopen the business before he stole cash and threatened a security guard who arrived during the incident,” NSW police said.
“The woman was then forced to drive the man in her vehicle to Clothiers Creek Road, Cabarita, where he got out of the car and entered another vehicle.”
The security guard reported the incident to police, with local officers launching an investigation, before detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad took over.
As a result, strike force investigators raided two homes in Tweed Heads and Terranora this morning, where they seized mobile phones and other items.
A 29-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were arrested at the Tweed Heads home, while a 23-year-old woman was arrested at the Terranora home.
“Police will allege in court that the man and younger woman, who is an employee of the business, were involved in the robbery,” NSW police said.
“It will be further alleged the older woman had knowledge of and was involved in the planning of the incident.
All three were taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with robbery while armed with dangerous weapon.
The man was also charged with supply prohibited drug.
The trio were refused bail and are due to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today.