FIVE robberies, including one at knifepoint, were reported in Blacktown last week.
In the first, about 4pm on Monday, August 26, a 13-year-old boy was confronted by three older boys while walking along Hill End Road, Doonside.
One of the offenders asked him the time before demanding his mobile phone. The victim handed over his phone and the trio fled towards Powers Street.
The three offenders were described as Caucasian, aged 16 to 17, and wore dark clothing. One carried a black scooter with pink wheels.
In the second robbery, about 12.40pm last Thursday, a man, 50, was kicked from behind by a stranger on Kildare Road, Blacktown, near Gribble Place. When the man fell, the assailant grabbed his bag, containing diabetic medication and papers, and ran to Balmoral Street.
The offender was described as aged in his early 20s, with shaved red hair, a left eyebrow piercing and a thin, muscular build.
That night, about 8.45pm, a man armed with a knife robbed the Metro Petroleum service station on Richmond Road of cash and cigarettes.
The man was described as being of Pacific Islander appearance, aged 23 to 27, 180 centimetres tall, of solid build and wore a black hooded jumper, dark track pants and a red cap.
The fourth robbery was of a man, 20, last Friday, who was in Boys Avenue when three people demanded his cigarettes and punched him when he refused to comply.
Two of the offenders were of Pacific Islander appearance, about 160 centimetres tall. One had short shaved black hair and another had a black ponytail
The fifth robbery, about 9.15pm on Saturday, was of three young men who said a gang of nine men surrounded them at Woodcroft Lake and robbed them of cigarettes and alcohol.
One of the victims was pushed and punched and paramedics treated him at Blacktown police station for minor injuries.
Anyone with information about any robbery incidents should call Blacktown police, 9671 9199 or Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.