A youth, 17, has been charged in connection with three recent robberies of women in Blacktown.
Police said he was arrested last Monday and charged with the assault and robbery of a 26-year-old woman in George Street at 6.10pm on August 5.
He was also charged with robbing a 49-year-old woman at 2pm on August 10 and a 68-year-old woman at the corner of Campbell Street and Newton Road at 4.30pm on August 11.
The youth was also charged with obtaining property by deception, carrying a knife and causing damage to property.
He will appear at Parramatta Children’s Court at a date to be fixed.
In other police news:
A man armed with a pistol escaped empty-handed when he tried to rob a 27-year-old woman in a car park in Blacktown last Tuesday.
Police said at about 3.40pm the Blacktown woman was sitting in her car in Alpha Street when she was approached by a stranger.
After a short conversation the man produced a pistol, opened the driver’s door and tried to steal her handbag.
When the woman refused to let go of her handbag the man gave up and was last seen running towards Newton Road.
The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 45-50 years old, 170cm tall, skinny build, very short blonde hair, no facial hair and wearing an orange high visibility jacket with reflective stripes.
Man was armed
Police are looking for a man armed with a gun who tried to rob a taxi driver in Blacktown last Saturday.
Police said at about 5.50am the taxi driver stopped in Cat Place to collect a passenger and was confronted by a man who demanded money.
The driver escaped and called the police.
The man is described as of large build, wearing a black leather jacket, jeans, black shoes, a balaclava and white gloves.
Police arrested two suspects armed with sticks who robbed a fast food outlet in Blacktown yesterday.
Officers said an 18-year-old Fairfield man and a 16-year-old Bowral youth went to the outlet on Sunnyholt Road at 2.40am and tried to get in.
They then went to a side window, forced it open and gained entry to the premises.
They used their sticks to demand money from the staff.
The pair took money from the register and climbed out of the window.
When police arrived they found the 18-year-old running from the premises and arrested him.
At about 3.40am police found the 16-year-old suspect asleep in a lift at Blacktown train station and arrested him.
The 16-year-old male was charged with robbery in company will appear before the Parramatta Children’s Court on August 20.
The 18-year-old was charged with committing robbery while armed with a weapon and will appear before Penrith Local Court on August 23.
Bag out the window
A woman threw her handbag out of the car window to thwart and armed man on Sunday.
Police said at about 12.05pm a 34-year-old woman from Lalor Park was driving her car along Alpha Street, Blacktown with three young children in the back seat.
When her car stopped at the traffic lights a man opened the front passenger door, got into the vehicle and produced a firearm before demanding money.
The woman threw her handbag out the driver’s window and screamed for help.
The man and woman had a short struggle before he ran with the handbag towards Alpha Park.
The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, fair skin, thin build, about 195cm tall, 30-40 years old, short shaved dark hair, clean shaven, wearing a grey jacket and light denim jeans.
Police have called on residents to inform them if they find any railway detonators in Blacktown.
On Saturday, August 10 a resident found a box of rail detonators at Boomerang Place on the southern side of Seven Hills train station.
The man took the items home before calling police a few days later.
Police then returned them to CityRail.
A spokeswoman reminded residents the detonators could be dangerous.
Thieves escaped with computers and electrical appliances after breaking into two schools last week.
It took pace at Walters Road Public School and Toongabbie Christian School on Metalla Road between 5.30pm on August 9 and 5.30am on August 12.
Both schools had their windows smashed and several laptop computers and electronic items stolen.
Police are looking for a man in a car who stalked a 16-year-old girl in Doonside last Monday.
Police said the girl was walking along Gerald Crescent at about 1.10pm when a dark blue Holden Commodore pulled alongside her.
The driver spoke to the girl and, when she ignored him, he continued to follow her, trying persuade her to get into the car.
The girl became scared, ran to a friend’s home and called police.
The driver is described as being of Pacific Islander/Maori appearance and has short dark scruffy looking hair.
Police charged a 40-year-old man with having stolen goods in Blacktown last Monday.
They found him carrying two shopping bags of new disposable razors and batteries in Main Street at about 3.20pm.
The man could not offer an explanation as to where he bought the items.
He was charged with having goods in custody believed to be unlawfully obtained.
House, car on fire
Police are hunting for people who set fire to a vacant house and a stolen car in Blacktown.
A house at Deodar Way, Prospect was set on fire at about 2.15am on Saturday, August 17.
Police also found a stolen car with a trailer on fire at Patricia Street at 4.50am on August 14.
A man indecently assaulted an 11-year-old Toongabbie girl in a supermarket in Seven Hills last Friday.
Police said the girl was looking at some magazines at about 4.40pm when a man touched her from behind.
He is described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, 30-40 years old, medium build, 175cm-180cm tall, short dark hair, moustache, wearing a white shirt, blue baseball cap and jeans.
Anyone with information about any of the incidents should call Blacktown Police, 96719199 or Crime Stoppers, 1800333000 or use the online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.