POLICE | Man in Fairfield court over tobacco store robbery while armed with a meat cleaver

Fairfield court. Generic images.
Fairfield court. Generic images.

A man is due in Fairfield court today charged over an alleged armed robbery at a PendleHill tobacco store, after an investigating off-duty officer recognised him walking down the street.

Just after 5pm on Tuesday this week, Cumberland police officers were called to a tobacco shop on Pendle Way, following reports of an armed robbery.

Police say a man had entered the shop armed with a meat cleaver, demanding money and cigarettes from the male staff member before running away.

There were no reports of injuries.

A crime scene was established and an investigation begun.

About 5pm yesterday, Wednesday, an off-duty constable from Cumberland's Proactive Crime Team was walking along Newman Street at Merrylands when he recognised the man from security images of the armed robbery.

He called other officers and a short time later, a man, 39, was arrested and taken to Granville police station.

A house was searched on Chetwynd Road at Merrylands, where several clothing items were found and seized.

The man was charged with robbery while armed with an offensive weapon and refused bail to be in Fairfield court today, Thursday.