FIVE robberies — including one where the offender was armed with a knife — were reported in Blacktown last week.
In the first incident a 13-year-old boy was confronted by three older boys while walking along Hill End Road, Doonside at about 4pm last Monday, August 26.
One of them asked him for the time before demanding his mobile phone.
After the victim handed over his mobile phone, the trio fled towards Powers Street.
The main offender is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged 16-17, 165cm tall, medium build wearing dark clothing and carrying a black scooter with pink wheels.
The other two are described as Caucasian appearance, aged 16-17, and also wearing dark clothing.
The second robbery took place at about 12.40pm last Thursday, August 29 when a 50-year-old man was walking east on Kildare Road, Blacktown.
Police said a short distance from Gribble Place he was kicked from behind by a stranger.
When the victim fall to the ground the man snatched his bag before running to Balmoral Street.
The bag contained the victim’s diabetic medication and identification papers.
The man is described as in his early 20s, shaved red hair, 180cm tall, thin muscular build and eyebrow piercing on left side. He was wearing dark track pants with white stripes.
In the third case at about 8.45pm last Thursday a man armed with a knife entered the Metro Petroleum service station on Richmond Road.
He threatened a 24-year-old worker with his knife before removing cash from the register and cigarettes from the counter.
The man is described as being of Pacific Islander appearance, 23 to 27 years old, 180cm tall and of solid build.
At the time of the offence the man was wearing a black hooded jumper, dark track pants and a red cap.
In the fourth robbery at about 5am last Friday, August 30, a 20-year-old man was walking along Boys Avenue when he was approached by three people.
They demanded the victim’s cigarettes and punched him when he refused to to comply.
The first is described as being of Pacific Islander appearance, 160cm tall, 18, solid build, short shaved black hair, wearing a T-shirt (colour unknown) and brownish three-quarter pants.
The second person is described as being of Pacific Islander appearance, medium build, 160cm tall, black hair with pony tail on top of head, wearing black hooded jumper and black long tights and white runners.
The third person’s description was not given.
In the fifth robbery at about 9.15pm last Saturday, August 31, three men (two aged 20 and one aged 19) went to Woodcroft Lake.
They were drinking in the park’s pier area when they were approached by a gang of nine men of Islander and Aboriginal appearance from the car park area.
They surrounded them and robbed them of their cigarettes and alcohol.
One of the victims was pushed and punched when he refused to hand over his alcohol.
They demanded one victim’s mobile phone before running away towards Woodcroft Drive.
The victims received minor injuries from the assault and were treated at Blacktown police station by paramedics.
Anyone with information about any of the five 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/.
Gaming machine taken
Police are looking for a man who escaped with cash taken from a gaming machine in Blacktown last Monday.
Police said at 10.30pm a man entered the outdoor gaming area of the Sportsman’s Hotel on Kildare Road, removed a cash box from one of the gaming machines and fled.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 30-40 years old, 180cm tall, thin build and short grey hair.
At the time of the incident he was wearing a black and white long-sleeved polo shirt, dark pants and white shoes.
Car crashes into gas meter
A runaway car collided with a gas metre when the driver lost consciousness on Kildare Road, Blacktown last Monday.
Police said at about 6.15am the car was travelling in an easterly direction when the driver lost consciousness as the car passed the intersection with Ash Street.
The car left the roadway and collided with a gas meter located outside a house, causing a gas leak.
Paramedics and fire brigade officers extracted the driver from the car and commenced CPR before he was taken to Westmead Hospital.
The passenger in the car was not injured.
Fire officers stopped the gas leak before it was later repaired by AGL workers.