Investigators have today charged a 24-year-old Sydney man after a review of three cold case armed robberies on the Gold Coast.
On January 17, 2012 two men held up the Westpac bank at Burleigh Heads.
On January 18 the men allegedly robbed the Suncorp Metway bank at Springwood and the Oxenford Westpac branch.
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On each occasion the men allegedly presented a note to the tellers indicating they were armed and demanded money.
At the time of the offences, one man was located and charged in relation to the offences, however two other men allegedly fled interstate and overseas.
After ongoing investigations by the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad a 24- year-old man was located, residing in northern Sydney. The man was arrested by New South Wales police.
Officers from the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad travelled to Sydney last night and have successfully secured his extradition to Queensland.
“This shows the commitment of the Queensland Police Service and the perseverance of investigators who continue to track offenders and solve these crimes,” Detective Inspector Scott Knowles said.
The 24-year-old Sydney man has been charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery. He is expected to appear before the Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.
“Regardless of how long ago a serious offence is committed, the Queensland Police Service will continue to investigate and bring those responsible to justice,” Detective Inspector Knowles stated.