Charges over Kiama Bowling Club hold-up

A MAN has been charged in relation to an alleged armed robbery at the Kiama Bowling Club in Saturday night and two earlier alleged aggravated break-ins. 

About 8.15am on Tuesday, April 29, police from Wollongong Local Area Command attended a home in  Barrack Heights and executed a search warrant.

During the search of the premises police recovered firearms, ammunition and  clothing.

A 25-year-old man was arrested at the house and taken to Wollongong Police Station.

He has been charged with numerous offences including aggravated break and enter, fire firearm in manner likely to injure person/property, aggravated robbery while armed with dangerous weapon and firearm offences.

Bail was refused. He appears in Wollonong Local Court today, Wednesday April 30.

The charges relate to three alleged offences.

The most recent incident occurred at about 11.20pm on Saturday, April 26 when police were called to the Kiama Golf Club following reports of an armed robbery.

Police have been told two men allegedly armed with a pistol and a knife entered the club and threatened staff, demanding cash. 

During the incident a male patron challenged the man armed with the gun, who discharged it.

The round missed the patron and hit the wall behind him, the offenders then left on foot with a quantity of cash.

No one was injured during the incident.

The charges will also relate to an incident on  April 2 at a home in Scarborough.

Police will allege a man entered the house and threatened a 53-year- old woman with a knife demanding cash and taking laptops.

The third offence occurred at 7.45pm on Wednesday, April 16. A 54-year-old man, and two women aged 50 and 19, were having dinner at their Balgownie home when two men entered the house.

The man allegedly threatened the occupants with a knife and stole jewellery and a sum of money,

The men then allegedly took the 54-year-old to his car where they drove around to a number of ATMs in the area. They demanded the man access his accounts and withdrew various amounts of cash.

Police allege the man was then forced into the boot of his vehicle and assaulted. The pair drove to another ATM at Shellharbour and then caught a taxi.

Police said investigations are ongoing into the whereabouts of the man who allegedly acted in the Kiama and Balgownie offences, and urged anyone with information, to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000

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