Whittington man charged over alleged armed robbery


Ash Bolt

Members from the Geelong Crime Investigation Unit and Geelong Tasking and Crime Intervention Taskforce (TACIT) have arrested a man over an alleged armed robbery in Newcomb earlier this month.

Investigators have been told the man attended a liquor store on the Bellarine Highway, Newcomb on Sunday, January 9 about 11.55am.

The man allegedly threatened staff with a knife and made demands for money.

Police said a witness saw the incident and challenged the man, who fled the scene without any money.

Investigators believe the same man, attended a supermarket on the Bellarine Highway, Newcomb the following day, Monday, January 10, about 8.50am.

The male again allegedly threatened staff with a knife, before fleeing the scene with an amount of money.

No one was injured during the two incidents.

The 53-year-old Whittington man was arrested around 3pm on Friday and was charged with armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at the Geelong Magistrates Court today.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or with information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or log onto crimestoppersvic.com.au.