Five in home invasion conspiracy

FIVE men have been charged with conspiracy to commit an aggravated break and enter after the car they were travelling in was involved in an accident last Wednesday evening.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad and Liverpool City Police Area Command, established Strike Force Gritten to investigate break-ins and armed robberies in south-west Sydney.
About 8.30pm, they were called to a two-vehicle crash at Rickard Road, Bankstown, where three men from one vehicle fled the scene on foot, while the other vehicle left the scene.
Strike force detectives, with assistance from the Dog Unit and officers from Bankstown Police Area Command, arrested two 20-year-old men and an 18-year-old man a short distance away.
They allegedly located a loaded firearm in a backpack, which was seized for forensic and ballistic examination.
Two other men – aged 19 and 20 – were arrested nearby.
All five men were charged with conspiracy to commit offence special aggravated break and enter with intent armed with dangerous weapon.
One of the 20-year-old men was also charged with possessing a shortened firearm without authority.
Police will allege in court that the group had conspired to commit a home invasion with a firearm in Bankstown that evening.
No injuries have been reported and inquiries are continuing to locate the occupants of the second vehicle.
Investigations under Strike Force Gritten are continuing.