A NOWRA man who allegedly stole cash and a cash register from a Sutherland milkbar while armed with a blood-filled syringe and then allegedly carried out two bag snatches in Nowra was refused bail in Nowra Local Court on Thursday.
Steven Brackley of Ferry Lane, Nowra was charged with robbery armed with an offensive weapon, larceny and two counts of steal from a person.
He appeared before Magistrate Graham Blewitt after being arrested by Nowra police on Thursday morning, after officers executed a search warrant on his premises.
In facts tendered to the court it was alleged Brackley entered the Sutherland Milkbar between 5.38pm and 5.40pm on September 14 armed with a blood-filled syringe and holding a purple cloth bag.
It was alleged the accused threatened a woman attendant who was 39 weeks pregnant with the syringe shouting, “Money, money”.
He allegedly attempted to open the cash register on two occasions.
Police claim the accused then attempted to grab the register, at which time the woman was pulled into the counter, suffering pain in the abdomen.
A tussle over the register ensued, with the woman allegedly pierced twice on the left hand with the syringe.
Police allege Brackley made off with the cash register which contained $1600, but dropped and left behind the purple bag, which has been examined for possible DNA evidence.
It was further alleged that Brackley had previously stolen a numberplate from a vehicle in an underground car park in Engadine on September 2 that was later captured by CCTV footage on a vehicle used as a getaway car following the robbery.
He was also charged over two handbag thefts in Nowra later in the month.
It is alleged on September 27 between 12.10pm and 12.20pm Brackley approached a 40-year-old woman in the car park at Stockland Nowra.
It is alleged Brackley stole the handbag which contained $60 and a number of personal cards, before running off.
Just hours later, police claim, Brackley stole the handbag of a 64-year-old woman from the front seat of her car in a Berry Street car park, after asking her for the time, before running off.
Magistrate Blewwitt refused bail and remanded Brackley in custody to appear in Nowra Local Court on December 17.