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Elderly man beaten and robbed

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A woman will appear in court today in relation to the assault of an 83-year-old man and the theft of his car in Cessnock.

Police charged the 20-year-old woman with a number of offences, including steal motor vehicle, aggravated robbery after information was uncovered during an investigation into a series of ram raids in the Hunter Region earlier this year.

Strike Force Emirs was established by the NSW Police State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad to investigate ram raids on two petrol stations in the Lake Macquarie area in March.

In the early hours of March 3, Police say vehicles were used to force entry into petrol stations in Wyee and Fennell Bay, where cash and cigarettes were then stolen.

Attempts were also made to remove an ATM, which proved unsuccessful.

Last month following inquiries, strike force detectives arrested and charged three men – aged 18, 23 and 25 – who remain before the courts.

After uncovering information during the investigation, police arrested the 20-year-old woman at Cessnock Police Station on July 8.

Police will allege the woman drove an Audi Q5 stolen during a robbery at a Cessnock home, where an 83-year-old man was assaulted.

The Audi was later found destroyed by fire at Bellbird Heights.

The woman appeared at Cessnock Local Court the same day, where she was granted strict conditional bail to reappear at the same court today.

Investigations under Strike Force Emirs are continuing.

Anyone with information that may assist strike force detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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