Teen girl, 15, charged for alleged Charlestown restaurant armed robbery

Lake Macquarie police have charged a teenage girl following an alleged armed robbery of a restaurant in Charlestown overnight.

About 9pm on Wednesday, November 27 a female employee was preparing to close at a restaurant on the Pacific Highway at Charlestown when a teenage girl entered the store and allegedly threatened her with a broken bottle.

Police said the worker ran out of the store and alerted another staff member who had been in the car park. That staff member called police.

The teenage girl allegedly fled the store with cash and the employee's mobile phone.

On arrival at the scene, Lake Macquarie Police District officers conducted extensive patrols of the nearby area.

A crime scene was established and forensically examined.

About 11.30pm, police spoke with a teenage girl who had been leaving another fast food store on the Pacific Highway in Charlestown.

During a search, police allegedly located the employee's mobile phone and a sum of cash in her possession.

The 15-year-old girl was arrested and taken to Belmont Police Station where she was charged with armed robbery.

She was refused bail and was due to appear in children's court on Thursday.