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Man charged with driving stolen car used in Pharmacy robbery

Gorokan, 2016.

Man charged with driving stolen car used in Pharmacy robbery

A man has been charged with allegedly driving a stolen car believed to be used in a pharmacy robbery in Gorokan in 2016.


Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad established Strike Force Braithwaite to investigate a carjacking and pharmacy robbery.


About midday on Tuesday 14 June 2016, a 41-year-old man was approached by two men as he returned to his car after surfing at Norah Head.


The surfer was assaulted before the two men allegedly stole his car – a silver Holden SS Commodore ute.


About 8pm that evening, two men wearing balaclavas and dark hooded tops entered a pharmacy on Wallarah Road, Gorokan.


One of the men threatened the female pharmacist and two assistants with a pistol, demanding cash and drugs.


The pharmacist handed over cash and prescription drugs, before the men ran from the store. It is believed the pair drove from the area in the stolen ute.


The silver Holden ute was recovered on Tristam Close, Lake Haven, on Thursday 22 June 2016, and examined by specialist forensic officers.


Following extensive investigations, a 22-year-old man was arrested at Wyong Police Station about 4pm yesterday.


He was charged with take and drive conveyance and granted conditional bail to appear at Wyong Local Court on Thursday February 1st.


Investigations under Strike Force Braithwaite are ongoing.