A new taskforce set up to disrupt armed robberies, home invasions and firearm-related crimes in the northern suburbs have arrested three men over an alleged crimes in Whittlesea and Darebin.

North West Metro Division Five Serious Crime Taskforce officers arrested the men on Thursday, June 22 and executed warrants at properties in Epping, Thomastown and Lalor.

Two Epping men aged 22 and 20, and a 22-year-old Thomastown man have been charged with numerous offences including armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, attempted aggravated car jacking, thefts and deceptions.

They have been remanded to appear at the Melbourne magistrates court on September 15.

Superintendent Tim Hansen said the taskforce’s efforts would complement the diligent and ongoing work by local and state-level investigators to put serious and violent offenders behind bars.

“This new team of experienced detectives is already showing positive results and I have no doubt they will help reduce the harm caused by serious criminals in our community,” he said.

“This intelligence gathered by the taskforce will be shared among local and state-wide police which will generate benefits for police across Victoria.”

Superintendent Hansen said police would continue to strategically deploy resources across the northern suburbs of Melbourne to tackle crime.

“Residents can be assured police have no tolerance for anyone seeking to bring fear or violence into our community,” he said.