POLICE have charged a Lalor Park security guard in connection with the theft of more than $200,000 from ATMs in Sydney.
Strike Force Glanmorgan, comprising detectives from the State Crime Command’s property crime squad, was recently formed to investigate the thefts.
Police will allege between March and June 2013, a man who worked as a cash-in-transit security guard stole more than $200,000 while refilling the ATMs.
Police said on August 23, detectives from Strike Force Glanmorgan, with the assistance of officers from Blacktown Local Area Command, the Police Rescue Squad and the Australian Federal Police, went to a house in Lalor Park and seized more than $150,000 and other items.
A 44-year-old man was arrested and taken to Blacktown police station where he was charged with six counts of steal property as a clerk/servant.
He was granted conditional bail to appear in Blacktown Local Court on September 12.
THREE robberies were reported in Blacktown last week.
Police said in the first incident at about 5.20am on August 22, a 27-year-old Toongabbie woman was walking along Cecilia Street in Toongabbie when she was approached by two men.
One of the men pointed a pistol at the woman demanding her bag and mobile phone, which she quickly handed over.
The men were last seen running along Valeria Street.
The first man is described as of average height, average build, dark clothing with a covering over his face while the second man was also of average height and average build and wearing dark clothing.
Police said in the second incident at about 10.40pm last Friday, August 23, a man entered the service station on Sunnyholt Road, and threatened the attendant.
The man demanded cash and the attendant handed it over.
The man then ran from the premises.
He was described as having a slim build, around 20 and wearing a grey hooded jumper, black track pants and black shoes.
In the third incident at about 9.30pm on Sunday, August 25, two men, one armed with a knife, entered a mixed business store on Walkers Road, Blacktown.
The first man is described as aged 25-30, 175cm tall, medium build and Islander in appearance.
He was wearing a black hooded jumper and black pants.
The second man is described as about 30, medium build, with black hooded jumper and black pants.
They approached the 56-year-old attendant and demanded cash then went behind the counter and took money and cigarettes before running from the store.
Escapee on loose
Police from Quakers Hills are searching for a man who escaped from Parklea Correctional Centre on Saturday, August 24.
Ryan O’Hara, a minimum-security prisoner, was last seen about 10am while working in the kitchen of the centre.
During a head count at 11.30am, he was recorded as missing and a search was launched.
O’Hara, aged 29, was serving a sentence for fraud and driving offences, as well as breaching parole.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance with a slim build and blue eyes. When last seen, he was wearing prison greens.
Members of the public should not approach Mr O’Hara if they come into contact with him, but instead contact triple-0.
Break and enter
A house in Williamson Avenue, Seven Hills, was broken into between 6.20pm and 7.10pm on August 11 and jewellery, computer equipment and glassware were stolen.
After a forensic examination of the home was conducted, police linked a 15-year-old Quakers Hill boy to the break and enter.
About 8.30am on August 19 Blacktown police attended the home of the boy where he was arrested.
The boy has been charged with “Break and enter dwelling house, commit serious indictable offence” and five outstanding warrants.
About 12.55pm on August 19 a 30-year-old Doonside woman was walking along Harry House Walkway (between Main Street and Warrick Lane) when a man riding a bicycle approached her from behind and snatched her mobile phone from her hand.
The man was last seen riding through the Warrick Lane car park and is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 18, slim build, short wavy brown hair, wearing a white T-shirt, navy blue track pants and riding a BMX or similar bicycle.
POLICE have arrested a man who snatched a handbag from a woman after finding him in a intoxicated or drug affected state in Blacktown last Monday.
The 37-year-old man was alleged to have stolen a handbag from an office in Blacktown CBD between 9.30am and 3.30pm on August 19.
About 3.50pm Blacktown detectives were patrolling a public car park in Alpha Street when they noticed a man walking who appeared to be intoxicated or drug affected and had concerns for his safety.
After speaking to him police searched him and found him to be in possession of items from the stolen handbag in the name of the victim.
The man had driven to the location and police on inspecting his car found he had collided with another car whilst parking it in the car park.
After a negative breath test was given, the man was taken to Blacktown Hospital for a mandatory drug test.
The man has been bail refused after being charged with larceny and drive vehicle under influence of alcohol/other drug and will appear before Blacktown Local Court next month.
A 19-year-old woman was charged with driving while being suspended after she was stopped twice by police at different times in Blacktown.
Highway patrol police discovered she was an unaccompanied learner driver when they first stopped her for a random breath test at about 5.50pm on August 19.
She was issued with infringement notices and had her licence suspended immediately until November 2013.
About 6.10pm on the same day the woman was stopped on Bungarribee Road for a random breath test when they discovered that she was a suspended driver.
The woman will appear before the Blacktown Local Court on September 26.
POLICE have arrested a 20-year-old Shalvey man after finding him asleep at the wheel in a petrol station in Blacktown last Tuesday.
Police said they found him in his car parked near a petrol bowser of a service station at Sunnyholt Road at about 3.30am on August 20.
After waking the man, police conducted an assessment of him, including a breath test which returned a negative result and suspected he may be under the influence of a drug.
He was arrested and taken to Blacktown Hospital for a blood and urine test.
The man is disqualified from driving until October, 2013.
Charges are pending the result of the blood and urine test.
POLICE are looking for a man who threw a rock at a bus travelling in Blacktown on August 21.
Police said the incident happened when the bus was travelling between Sackville and Turner streets at about 6.30pm.
The rock shattered one of the windows but no one was injured and the passengers were transferred to another bus.
In the second case at about 5.40pm on August 23, four boys threw objects at a bus travelling on Sunnyholt Road near Turner Street.
No damage was caused to the bus and no one was injured.
Anyone with information about all the reported incidents should call Blacktown Police on 96719199 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.