Swan View man charged over string of long weekend armed robberies

A man has been charged over a string of terrifying armed hold-ups on businesses in Perth’s southern suburbs across the weekend.

Police say the 36-year-old Swan View man used a crowbar to threaten workers inside two fast-food restaurants and a service station on Saturday and Sunday.

The man first demanded cash from staff behind the counter of a petrol station on Albany Highway in Victoria Park about 10.40pm on Saturday, according to police.

A spokesman said the man was unsuccessful in his demands for staff to hand over cash.

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Forty minutes later, the man’s next stop was McDonald’s Karawara, on Manning Highway where he was allegedly able to walk away with “an amount of cash” after approaching staff behind the counter while armed with a crowbar.

The man is also accused of robbing another fast-food restaurant at 5.30pm on Sunday, this time on Canning Highway Perth. It is understood he escaped with cash.

The police spokesman said officers found the man at St John of God Midland Public Hospital in early Monday morning.

“Upon being released from hospital he was taken to the Perth Watch House where he was charged with one count of an attempted armed robbery and two counts of armed robbery,” the spokesman on Monday.

“He was refused bail and is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today.”

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