A teenage boy has been arrested following a dramatic manhunt at Cromer.

As part of an investigation into the armed robbery of a service station at Dee Why last night (Saturday, 15 April), officers attached to Northern Beaches Police Area Command were led to make inquiries around midday today (Sunday, 16 April) at an address at Fisher Road North, Cromer.

Teen arrested at Cromer over armed robbery

It is understood that while seeking to speak with a 15-year-old boy at the address, the youth tried to escape police, fleeing from the scene on foot across a neighbouring fence.

Teen arrested at Cromer over armed robbery

Additional police units were called to the area, establishing a cordon bounded by Fisher Road North, Lynwood Avenue, Tennyson Road and Prescott Avenue. Given the previous night’s alleged robbery had been committed with a firearm, police were all wearing bulletproof vests.

Teen arrested at Cromer over armed robbery

The Dog Unit was called in to pick up the scent of the escaping suspect, beginning a search of neighbouring properties.

Teen arrested at Cromer over armed robbery

Before the dog had managed to locate the suspect however, members of the media saw a woman waving frantically from the upstairs window of a nearby property.

Journalists at the scene, including the Northern Beaches Advocate, alerted police to the woman’s frantic signals and they immediately surrounded the home and neighbouring properties.

Teen arrested at Cromer over armed robbery

The resident of the home said that she had been downstairs in her laundry when she saw a person acting suspiciously in a neighbouring property.

“That’s when I went upstairs and waved for the police to come here,” she said.

Teen arrested at Cromer over armed robbery

Police swarmed the properties and yelling was heard, including a person calling out to keep the police dog back. The suspect was apprehended and brought from his hiding spot just after 1.15pm.

Teen arrested at Cromer over armed robbery

During his arrest, the teen showed contempt for police and was heard yelling insults as he was placed into the back of the police wagon (main image) and taken to Manly Police Station.

Northern Beaches Police Area Command Chief Inspector Paul Warden (image below), was on scene and in command of the manhunt that netted the suspect.

Northern Beaches Police Area Command Chief Inspector Paul Warden

Chief Inspector Warden confirmed the teen’s arrest was in connection with last night’s alleged armed robbery.

“Police had been conducting a number of investigations in relation to an armed robbery, which occurred in Dee Why overnight.

“As a result of that, we have a 15-year-old male in custody at the moment, and we are also looking at a number of other offences that may have been committed,” said Chief Inspector Warden.

Chief Inspector Warden also confirmed that the teen had been apprehended with an undisclosed amount of cash, saying police would be making further inquiries as to how he had come to be in possession of the money.

Teen arrested at Cromer over armed robbery

Just before 5.00pm, a NSW Police spokesperson confirmed that the 15-year-old boy has been charged with three outstanding warrants, shoplifting and robbery whilst armed.

Bail has been refused, with the teen to appear at a Children’s Court tomorrow (Monday, 17 April).

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate
Video: Luke Gavahan

Dee Why service station robbery

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