Police claim alleged Sydney security van robber attempted to pull gun on officers

Police claim alleged Sydney security van robber attempted to pull gun on officers

Police claim alleged Sydney security van robber attempted to pull gun on officers

Updated 26 September 2017, 18:15 AEST

Police claim a man who was stomped on and tasered by police during a violent arrest on Sydney's north shore tried to pull a gun on officers.

A man who was stomped on and tasered by tactical officers during a dramatic arrest on Sydney's lower north shore on Monday allegedly tried to pull a gun on police.

The ABC was told Mathew Crowe, 40, allegedly reached for a loaded Colt .38 revolver as police moved in to arrest him and three other men on Cabramatta Road at Cremorne at 12:30pm.

Police alleged the men were planning to use the revolver to rob an Authentic Security armoured van when they were intercepted by officers.

The arrest was considered "high risk" and heavily armed officers used their four-wheel drive to ram the stolen Audi RS3 the men were travelling in.

Mobile phone footage of the arrests, aired by Channel Seven, showed police kicking and stomping on one of the men and running across the top of two cars to arrest two of the others.

Another two men tried to run off and were arrested a short distance away.

All four men were charged with a string of offences including conspiracy to commit an armed robbery, larceny and possessing an unregistered gun.

Anthony Roberts, 27, Raymond Elward, 36 and John McNamara, 43, chose not to appear and did not apply for bail when their cases were heard in Manly local Court on Tuesday.

Crowe, 40, applied for bail when he faced court separately.

He had large grazes and cuts on both sides of his face and was dressed in a blue police forensic jumpsuit.

His lawyer, Zemarai Khatiz, argued that his client had been bashed and injured by police during his arrest.

"He's been tasered to his back," Mr Khatiz told the court.

"He needs treatment."

Mr Khatiz said his client would submit to "house arrest" while on bail and offered up $2 million in surety. However, bail was refused by the magistrate.

Crowe will remain in custody and all four men will return to court in November.

Group followed cash van before striking: police

Court documents reveal the men attempted to rob a Commander Security cash van while armed with metal bars at Double Bay, in Sydney's east, on July 21.

The ABC was told the men were unable to carry out the robbery before the guards returned to the van.

Documents reveal the men attempted another robbery on a Commander Security van at Bondi Junction seven days later.

The group allegedly followed the van to Alexandria where they stole $38,000 in cash before driving away in a Renault that had been stolen from Sydney Airport.

Detectives are investigating whether the group was involved in the robbery of a cash van at a Marrickville shopping centre in May where a quantity of cash was stolen.

No charges have been laid over that incident.