Police have arrested three people involved in one of four robbery cases in Blacktown last week.
They charged three teenagers over the robbery of a 21-year-old woman in Blacktown last Friday.
Police said the woman was walking east along Kildare Road when she was approached by three youths at about 12.20am.
Police allege the woman was assaulted before the trio ran off with her handbag and shopping bag.
They later found two girls, aged 16 and 17, and a boy, aged 17, at Cygnus Close in Doonside and charged them with robbery in company.
The woman suffered minor facial injuries and was treated at the scene.
Police said in the other robbery case at about 4.20am last Tuesday, a 34-year-old shop owner was confronted by a gunman when he opened his shop at Artillery Crescent in Seven Hills.
The offender pointed a black handgun at the store owner and demanded his car keys, mobile phone and wallet.
After the shop owner had done as requested the offender and another man drove off in the victim’s car.
Police said at about 1.20pm on the same day, the stolen car was found in Kennedy Parade, Lalor Park.
The first offender is described as of Caucasian appearance, 30-40 years old, 173-180cm tall, solid build and wearing a grey hooded jumper.
The second man was also of Caucasian appearance, 30-40 years old, 180cm tall, solid build and wearing a light coloured hooded jumper.
Police said in the third case at about 2pm last Wednesday, a 14-year-old boy was sitting outside the Blacktown Tourist Information Centre on Flushcombe Road when he was confronted by three boys.
One of them kicked the boy in the shin several times then put him in a head lock while another stole his mobile phone before they ran off along Flushcombe Road.
They are described as being of African appearance.
One is about 14 years old, has short curly brown hair, skinny build and large calf muscles and was wearing a Barcelona jersey with blue/red stripes & Unicef logo on front, cream knee-length cargo pants, black Vans style flat shoes, and long white socks with an orange logo.
The second boy, also of African appearance, was short and had a piece of white cloth hanging from his shorts.
The third boy was also of African appearance and wearing only shorts.
In the fourth robbery at about 7.10pm last Tuesday a 41-year-old Westmead man was confronted by three men at Freeman Street public toilets in Lalor Park.
They demanded his wallet and, when he refused to comply, he was assaulted before they took his mobile phone and wallet.
The three offenders are described as being of Pacific Islander/Maori appearance.
The first was about 20-30 years old, solid build, wearing a dark long-sleeved jumper and light blue long pants.
The second man was about 20-30 years old, wearing a long-sleeved shirt, shorts and running shoes and the third was about 20-30 years old, solid build, wearing a jumper and shorts.
Police have warned residents of the severity of accidentally or deliberately causing fires in Blacktown.
A spokeswoman said some were accidentally lit by cigarettes being thrown from car windows while others were deliberately lit in rubbish bins and barrels.
She said someone could be fined $200 for dropping a lit cigarette in a litter bin.
‘‘A deliberately lit bush fire has a maximum term of 14 years jail.
‘‘If you see someone lighting fires please contact triple-0 immediately,’’ she said.
The first fire was at about 9pm last Tuesday when a bamboo fence in Captain Tench Park on Love Street, Blacktown was set alight.
NSW Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire before it could spread to nearby property.
Police said the second case was at about 3am last Wednesday when several garbage bins in Patricia Street, Blacktown were set alight.
Then at about 5.45pm last Monday someone set fire to the grass in the backyard of a home in Lily Place, Lalor Park.
At around 4.30pm last Tuesday garbage bins left on the footpath overnight awaiting collection outside a school on Orwell Street, Blacktown were set alight.
Revellers get out of hand
Two people were arrested and a police car was damaged in a public disorder incident at Blacktown last Saturday.
At about midnight Blacktown officers were patrolling First Avenue as a nearby party finished and about 200 people spilled out onto the streets.
Brawls broke out among the group and officers called for assistance in breaking up the fights and dispersing the crowd.
General duties police from Mount Druitt and Quakers Hill attended, as well as officers from the Public Order & Riot Squad (PORS), Police Transport Command (PTC) and POLAIR.
Police had glass bottles thrown at them during the incident, and were forced to deploy capsicum spray while breaking the fights up, but no officers were injured and no one sought medical assistance.
A woman, 18, broke the window of a public order and riot squad vehicle and is expected to be charged at a later date.
Police also arrested a 19-year-old man wanted for a previous domestic violence matter.
He was taken to Blacktown police station where it’s alleged he kicked a female police officer.
He was charged with domestic assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assaulting a police officer in the execution of duty.
The man will appear before Parramatta Bail Court later this month.
If you have information on the above crimes or know someone who is known to light fires contact Blacktown police on 96719199 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.