Now six teenagers have been arrested following a series of alleged robberies on the NSW North Coast involving men using online dating apps.
Police are investigating a series of alleged burglaries on the NSW North CoastSix teenagers have been arrested and chargedPolice say the alleged victims were using online dating apps
Five men aged between 27 and 77 required hospital treatment after they were allegedly assaulted in separate incidents in Evans Head and Ballina between October 31 and November 12.
The victims told police they were hoping to meet someone they had exchanged messages with online.
After arriving at the agreed locations, the men were allegedly confronted by a group of youths before being assaulted and robbed.
Police released CCTV footage of this car park as part of their investigation.(Provided by: NSW Police Media)
Police believe the incidents are linked and have established Strike Force Temoin to investigate the following incidents:
On October 31, a 58-year-old man was allegedly dragged from his car and repeatedly assaulted by two men in the car park at Chinamans Beach in Evans Head before his vehicle was stolen.On November 5, a 77-year-old man was allegedly assaulted, knocked unconscious and had his vehicle stolen by four youths at the Evans Head skate park.On November 6, a 27-year-old man was allegedly assaulted by four youths in a park on Elms Street in Evans Head, before running to a nearby medical facility to escape.On November 12, two separate incidents resulted in a 53-year-old man and a 50-year-old man being allegedly assaulted by a group of youths in Ballina. Both men allegedly had stolen property.
Four teenagers, aged between 16 and 17, were arrested and charged during a police operation last week.
On Monday, strike force detectives executed a search warrant in Alstonville, where a 17-year-old girl was arrested.
He is charged with wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and was due in court today.
A short time later, a 16-year-old boy attended Ballina police station where he was charged with four counts of robbery in company, grievous bodily harm and wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Detectives from the Richmond Police District are continuing their inquiries with the assistance of the State Crime Command’s Major Robbery and Serious Offenses Team.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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