THE AGE: Two teenagers have been arrested and charged in relation to the robbery of a jeweller in Canterbury on Thursday, 12 January, in which a machete and sledgehammer were allegedly used.
One of the youths, a 17-year-old from Dandenong South, was charged with one count of armed robbery and remanded in custody to appear at the children's court.
The other, an 18-year-old from Epping, was charged with six counts of armed robbery, among other offences. He is due to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.
Three other men were also arrested: an 18-year-old from Craigieburn and a 19- and a 20-year-old from Reservoir. After being interviewed by police, they were released pending further enquiries.
The staff reportedly hid in a back room of the store, while the thieves smashed open display cabinets and filled a sack with jewellery.
No one was injured, but a large quantity of jewellery was said to have been stolen.
The robbery was the latest in a series of violent robberies across Melbourne where jewellery stores have allegedly been targeted by machete-wielding thieves .
Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report online.
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Source: The Age
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