Woman charged after armed robbery

A 30 year-old woman has been charged following an alleged armed robbery and theft of a vehicle at the Aldi car park, Traralgon on Wednesday morning.

It is alleged a 63 year-old Traralgon woman was threatened by the alleged offender with a screwdriver as she entered her car.

She then drove off with the vehicle about 8.30am.

The car, a Honda sedan, was located by police at 12.10pm travelling west on the South Gippsland Highway near Toora.

A short pursuit was initiated by police before being terminated for safety reasons.

The Honda was located by the police air wing and the woman and a 16 year-old girl were arrested about 1.30pm following the use of “stop sticks” or tyre deflation devices at Pound Creek.

Police said the old girl was a passenger in the vehicle during the pursuit, but not involved in the armed robbery.

Detective Senior Constable Catlan Chiswell said the woman, originally from Colac, had been charged with armed robbery, theft of vehicle, evading police and several traffic offences.

Det Snr Cont Chiswell said the alleged offender, who appeared before Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody.

The 16 year-old girl has been released and will be charged by summons at a later date.