Two South West men have been charged with allegedly threatening two elderly women in separate incidents at ATMs yesterday.
South West Detectives have charged a 42-year-old man and a 43-year-old man with armed robbery offences over the incidents in Bunbury.
Police allege the men arrived the Park Centre shopping centre on Brittain Road in Carey Park around 12.45pm. The 43-year-old man allegedly got out of the car and demanded money from an 80-year-old woman who was using a nearby ATM.
Police allege the man showed the woman that he was armed with a loaded firearm and that he was given an amount of cash before both left the area.
The men allegedly then travelled to an ATM on Sandridge Road in East Bunbury, with the 43-year-old man approaching an 81-year-old woman who was using the ATM.
Police allege he demanded money from the victim while showing her that he was armed.
The victim allegedly refused to give him money.
Police further allege that at around 1.25pm, the two travelled to a liquor store on Old Coast Road in Eaton where 43-year-old man entered the store, approached the counter and demanded money from the female attendant, while showing the firearm.
Police allege he was given an amount of cash before he left the store, with both men then driving away from the area.
"A short time later, police responding to these incidents saw the vehicle travelling along the Australind Bypass," a police spokeswoman said.
"The vehicle lost control and flipped, coming to rest on its roof.
"The two were apprehended at the scene. A firearm and cash were seized from the vehicle."
A 43-year-old Carey Park man and a 42-year-old Harvey man have each been charged with two charges of aggravated Armed Robbery and one Attempted Aggravated Armed Robbery charge and will appear before the Bunbury Magistrates Court tomorrow.