A police operation at Morisset has concluded following an armed robbery this morning.
Police were called to a chemist on Dora Street about 9.20am (Thursday 10 November 2016) following reports the business was being robbed.
It will be alleged a man entered the pharmacy armed with a home-made replica pistol and demanded money.
Officers from the Police Transport Command arrived on the scene a short time later and confronted a man inside the premises.
It will be alleged the man threatened police before being subdued by a police Taser.
The 49-year-old man was taken to hospital for assessment before being taken to Belmont Police Station where he is continuing to assist police with their inquiries.
Meanwhile, a police operation was launched soon after the robbery following the discovery of an unknown object inside the chemist.
Dora Street was closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic with nearby businesses evacuated until specialist police examined the item and declared it was inert.
The exclusion zone was lifted about 12.30pm; however, a crime scene remains in place as inquiries continue into the robbery.
UPDATE: Charges have been laid and include possess shortened firearm, robbery with offensive weapon, possess unregistered firearms, unsecure firearms/s and unsecure ammunition.
The man was refused bail and is to appear at Newcastle Local Court tomorrow (Friday 11 November 2016).
Anyone with information to assist police should contact Crime Stoppers.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.
Source: NSW Police