A CASINO man has been charged over an armed robbery in Moree last week.
Thomas Whitten, 26, appeared in Moree Local Court yesterday after police pounced on him late on Tuesday.
He was arrested at a house in Adelaide St, Moree after police allegedly found him hiding behind a lounge.
He was taken to Moree Police Station and charged with robbery in company and take and drive conveyance without the consent of the owner.
Whitten is yet to enter a plea on the two charges but did not apply for bail during the brief proceedings before Magistrate Michael Holmes.
Police will allege Whitten, along with two co-accused, stormed a newsagency on Gosport St in Moree and threatened an 84-year-old man as well as a store owner with a knife.
The offenders allegedly stole a sum of cash from the store as well as a wallet from the customer before fleeing in a suspected stolen car.
Barwon crime manager Detective Inspector Gavin Rattenbury said it was a significant arrest.
“It was a good arrest,” he said.
“We have one of the offenders in custody and we’ve got a number of offenders still outstanding.
“We’re working on those investigations with the view of arresting them.”
Detective Inspector Rattenbury said they need help from the public – because someone knows something.
“There are people out there who are responsible or who have information on the offences and we urge those people to come forward,” he said.
“Anyone with information should contact Moree police on 6757 0799 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
Whitten was refused bail and will reappear in Moree Local Court on September 9.