Kiama/Shellharbour police round-up

WELCOME to a new weekly feature on the Kiama Independent/Lake Times website - a weekly round-up of police activity throughout the two local government areas, provided with assistance from the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command. 

*Police are seeking community assistance following an armed robbery at Flinders. 

At approximately 8.30pm on Monday night, a male entered a shop on Wattle Road, Flinders, armed with a blunt object and demanded money.

As a result, he received and left the premises with a small sum of cash and small quantity of cigarettes.

The offender is described as being between 30-40 years old, 180 centimetres tall, wearing a brown hooded long sleeve jumper with a grey motif across the lower chest and down the arms, as well as blue tracksuit pants with grey stripes and white running shoes.

Anyone with information regarding the offender can phone Lake Illawarra Police on 42325599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

*A rescue operation in the Illawarra region kept ambulance helicopters busy on Saturday evening.

Emergency services were contacted around 7.30pm after two teenage bushwalkers became lost in the Macquarie Pass National Park after they were separated from their group.

An ambulance rescue helicopter was deployed after an initial ground search by police failed to locate the pair.

The boys were spotted by the helicopter, which gave a latitude and longitude to police, who put it into their GPS, walked in and found them.

They were two kilometres into bush near a place called Jump Rock, at the bottom of Macquarie Pass.

The teens, who had been lost in the bush for around five hours, were treated on site for mild hypothermia.

*A Gerringong woman has been charged with 41 larceny by clerk/servant offences. 

A 22-year-old female employed as a receptionist at a holiday park in Gerroa allegedly issued unauthorised refunds into her own account.

The offences occurred between April 30 last year and March 19 this year, and totaled a large sum of money. 

On April 17, police arrested the woman.

She will appear in Kiama Local Court on May 21.

*A brief foot pursuit through Barrack Heights has ended with a 32-year-old male being charged with robbery in company.

The incident on April 18 followed extensive inquiries following an alleged armed robbery at Kiama.

On March 23, an armed robbery allegedly took place at Kiama Harbour’s northern carpark about 11pm. 

The three victims were travelling from Sydney to Melbourne in a campervan, arriving in Kiama about 6pm. 

One of the victims approached three males and a female to ask about buying fishing rods.

The offenders allegedly said they would return with some rods.

Later that night an argument broke out between the victims and a number of males.

One of the males allegedly produced a knife, resulting in a 25-year-old female handing over a wallet.

One of the males then reached into the van and stole a backpack containing passports and personal items. 

Bail was refused, with the man due to appear before court on April 19. 

*Police investigations are continuing after a 26-year-old man was assaulted at a hotel in Shoalhaven Street, Kiama.

About 1.30am on Sunday, the victim was on the dance floor with three friends, when he was approached by an unknown male and had a discussion.

The offender walked away, only to return a short time later with an unknown female, whereby another discussion occurred.

The offender then punched the victim on the right side of the cheek with a closed fist.

He then allegedly continued to punch the man a number of times before they were separated. 

Investigations to locate the offender are ongoing. 

*Police have arrested and charged a 49-year-old Barrack Heights man with supplying prohibited drugs.

Approximately 10.10am on April 9, a search warrant was executed at Shellharbour Road, Barrack Heights.

As a result, police arrested the male and charged him with knowingly taking part in supply of prohibited drugs of a large commercial quantity, as well as supplying prohibited drugs (indictable quantity). 

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