A man who allegedly threatened an employee of a Brookvale hardware business with an axe has been charged by police.

As reported yesterday, just before 10.00am Wednesday (12 January) emergency services were called to a tool store at Pittwater Road, Brookvale, after reports a man had allegedly threatened an employee with an axe.

Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command attended the store and were told the man had allegedly left the store without paying for several items. A 21-year-old male employee of the store had attempted to stop the man, at which point he was allegedly threatened with an axe.

Employees from the store followed the man along Pittwater Road toward a bus stop near Warringah Mall. The man allegedly threatened another employee of the store, a 35-year-old man and a 62-year-old man, before fleeing the scene.

Police conducted a search of the area with the assistance of the Dog Unit and PolAir, but were unable to locate the man.

Following inquiries, just before 11.30am NSW Police attended a home at Normandy Road, Allambie Heights, where they arrested a 35-year-old man and took him to Manly Police Station for questioning.

Around 4.00pm, NSW Police executed a search warrant at a home at Normandy Road, Allambie Heights, where they seized cannabis plants and other items.

The man was charged with:

  • Robbery armed with offensive weapon
  • Two counts of use offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence
  • Two counts of cultivate prohibited plant, indictable quantity

The Allambie Heights man was refused bail to appear at Manly Local Court today (Thursday, 13 January). In court, NSW Police revealed the man had an extensive criminal record, having been charged by police in excess of 40 times. The man was formally refused bail and ordered to undergo a mental health assessment. He is scheduled to face court again in March.

Image: Luke Gavahan

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