Merimbula armed robbery: man on remand

A 27-year-old man has appeared at Narooma Local Court today (Thursday, July 11) after being charged following an armed robbery and police pursuit in Merimbula.

On Wednesday evening (July 10) police allege the man went to a motel in Merimbula, and pulled a knife on two employees before demanding money from the safe.

The man allegedly took mobile phones and car keys from the two employees, before leaving the premises in a Holden Commodore registered to the business.

Police were called to the scene and attended a short time later.

Several Merimbula residents commented on hearing the police sirens with one saying that driving home from Tathra at about 10.30pm he saw a car in the bush near the intersection of Sapphire Coast Drive and police with a man in handcuffs.

Police said that shortly after 10pm, the vehicle was located by officers from Traffic and Highway Patrol, who indicated for the vehicle to stop.

A pursuit was initiated and was terminated shortly after.

The man has been refused bail and is being held on remand.

He will face Bega Local Court on September 10.