Granville man charged over armed robberies

A 19-year-old Granville man and a 19-year-old Silverwater man were refused bail after being charged over armed robberies in Sydney last year.

Strike Force Tolapai was formed by the Metropolitan Robbery Unit (MRU) in December 2013 to investigate armed robberies on hotels, convenience stores and liquor retailers across south-west Sydney between January and November 2013.

Following investigations, two men – both aged 19 – were arrested and charged by officers from MRU late April 4.

A Silverwater man was charged with three counts of robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon; being an accessory before the fact; dishonestly destroy property by fire; and theft.

A Granville man was charged with one count of robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

They were refused bail before appearing in Parramatta Local Court on Saturday April 5.

Both men were again refused bail and remanded in custody to re-appear in Parramatta Local Court on April 10.