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Teenager charged over Valentine’s Day robbery

Police allege the 16-year-old robbed a taxi driver just before midnight on Sunday in Kirkwood Street.A 16-YEAR-OLDboy is behind bars on Tuesday morning, accused of two armed hold-ups in the city in as many weeks.

Armidale police have been investigating two robberies in the city after a taxi driver was held-up onSunday night, as well as another armed hold-up of a delivery driver earlier this month.

Following investigations, detectives arrested a 16-year-old at an Armidale home about 3.30pm on Monday.

He was taken to Armidale Police Station and questioned by investigators before he was charged with two counts of robbery whilearmed with an offensive weapon.

Detectives will allege in court the 16-year-old robbed a taxi driver just before midnight on Sunday in Kirkwood Street.

The teenager is accused of ordering a taxi to collecthim in Alexander Street about 11.50pm.

The 51-year-old driver collected the youth before he allegedly threatened the driver with a sharp object and demanded cash.

Police said the driver stopped the taxi,threw his wallet out the window, before the youth allegedly grabbed the wallet and ran off.

The driver suffered minor lacerations to his hands in the incidentand alerted police.

Detectives will also allege in court the 16-year-old was involved in the armed robbery of a delivery driver in Tysoe Crescentin Armidale, on February 2.

The 23-year-old man, who works for a local restaurant, was attempting to deliver a food order in the North Hill streetabout 9.30pm, when he was confronted by two men, both armed with knives.

The offenders allegedlythreatened the employee and demanded money from him before hehanded over a small quantity of cash as well as the food delivery.

The 16-year-old was refused bail by police and will appear in a children’s court later on Tuesday.

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