Two men have been charged over the bungled attempted robbery of a cash-in-transit van outside the Broadway Shopping Centre in inner Sydney last week.
A 26-year-old man was arrested at a home in Marrickville late on Sunday night, while a 20-year-old man was arrested during a vehicle stop in Wentworthville soon after.
Police allegedly also discovered a loaded Glock pistol at the Marrickville home. Police will claim it was one of a number of Glocks imported into Australia from Germany.
Patrons having breakfast at a cafe opposite the Broadway Shopping Centre captured footage and photographs of the dramatic robbery at 8.15am on March 4, when three men, all wearing balaclavas and carrying guns, surrounded the Armaguard cash-in-transit van.
The thieves demanded one guard standing on the street open the vehicle doors.
When he refused, one of the bandits carrying what witnesses described as an assault riffle “like an AK-47” fired a single shot.
A bullet mark was evident in the van passenger door and the glass awning directly above the vehicle was also pierced.
The dramatic incident played out as dozens of people sat in a packed cafe across the street, workers and students walked by and shoppers made their way into the centre.
Footage captured by onlookers showed the thieves becoming increasingly frustrated by their failed attempts to get inside the van as a fourth bandit in a getaway car started sounding his horn as a warning.
The three eventually gave up and, empty-handed, got back into the waiting car and drove away. Police said a guard’s firearm was taken during the robbery.
Police said Strike Force Ogilby, comprising detectives from the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad, was formed to investigate the robbery.
The men were arrested on Sunday night and taken to Marrickville and Merrylands Police Stations while search warrants were conducted on two properties.
Both men have been charged with numerous firearms offences, including firing a firearm at something other than a dwelling disregarding safety.
They have both been refused bail, with the older man to appear at Newtown Local Court and the younger man to appear at Fairfield Local Court.
Police are still looking for two men over the robbery.
Investigations into the importation of the Glock pistols are being carried out by Firearms and Organised Crime Squad detectives under Strike Force Maxworthy.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.