St. George Local Area Command
Armed Robbers Pursued – Taren Point
A man is in hospital under Police guard following an armed robbery and pursuit in Sydney’s South last night.
Shortly after 10 pm, two men armed with a firearm confronted staff at a bowling club in Taren Point.
They stole money and drove from the scene with a third man in a Volkswagen Golf.
A description of the car was circulated via Police radio and a short time later it was spotted in Kogarah by officers from St. George Local Area Command.
A pursuit was initiated which ended when the car crashed into a silver sedan at the intersection of Brodie Sparkes Drive and the Princes Highway at Wolli Creek.
A female passenger in the silver vehicle suffered a broken wrist as a result of the crash and was taken to St George Hospital.
Two of the offenders fled the crash scene on foot, while the third offender carjacked a Pulsar and drove from the scene with the motorist at gunpoint.
Police pursued the Pulsar to Gannon Road at Tempe, where the car stopped after a minor crash with two Police cars.
The man was arrested. He has since complained of chest pains and has been taken to hospital where he is under Police guard.
The 40-year-old man will be interviewed by detectives after medical assessment. The carjacked motorist was not injured.
Police seized a firearm and found the alleged proceeds of the armed robbery at the scene.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith held a media conference in relation to the matter and was asked if: “Police pursuits were being used too frequently.” To which Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith replied: “Police have strict guidelines from which to follow and that offenders faced penalties ranging from 14 up to 25 years.”
As to whether or not judicial sentencing is too lenient Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith declined to comment and remarked that “Police apprehend offenders and place them before the courts for the court’s determination.”
Anyone who knows the identity of the other two men involved should immediately contact St. George Local Area Command via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.