Blacktown police thanked Facebook followers for helping them make a quick arrest of three armed men who held up a Prospect liquor store.
A police spokeswoman said they helped police with messages of information soon after the robbery on Blacktown Road at 4.20pm on Monday, August 27.
She said police saw the three wanted men on Bruce Street about 2.30pm two days after the incident.
Two were arrested without incident and the third was found hiding in a nearby unit by a police dog.
Police also recovered a loaded pistol, housebreaking tools, documents and identification of other people, their clothing and items believed to be stolen after searching a house. The three men, 35, 33 and 23, were charged at Blacktown Local Court last Friday with committing a robbery while armed with a pistol.
Let's make a deal
Police are hunting two men who allegedly robbed a Cambridge Gardens man, 24, of $100 which they agreed to take instead of his mobile phone. The man was walking along Patrick Street, Blacktown, when confronted by a man who demanded his phone at 7.45pm last Wednesday. Fearing he would be hurt he offered $100 for not taking his phone. The suspect who was joined by his accomplice agreed and they followed the victim to a nearby ATM where he withdrew the money. After getting the money the two men went their separate ways and the victim reported the incident to police. One of the suspects is 25, of slim build, 185 centimetres tall, with brown hair, clean shaven, wearing a jumper and a white cap. The second man is described as being of large build, 190 centimetres tall, clean shaven, wearing a blue and red tracksuit, a cap and a bum bag.
Stabbed in the leg
A woman, 38, was charged with stabbing her partner in the leg with a knife and damaging his clothing at a Seven Hills house last Saturday. She was also served with an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order and is due to appear before Blacktown Local Court on September 12. Police said she stabbed the man, 30, and slashed his clothing after arguing with him at 6am. The man and the woman, whose hands and legs were cut in the struggle, were treated at Blacktown hospital.
$7000 worth of tools missing
Police are seeking help from the public about the alleged theft of about $7000 worth of tools from a construction site in Blacktown last Tuesday. This is said to have occurred at the private work site at the intersection of Reservoir Road and Peter Brock Drive between 4.30pm last Monday and 6.10am last Tuesday. Police said an unknown person or persons cut the locks off the doors of three work sheds to steal the tools.
Any information to Blacktown police, 9671 9100 or Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.
Police are looking for four people, including two women, who damaged the glass windows of state Opposition Leader John Robertson’s Blacktown office. A spokeswoman said hard objects were thrown at the windows between 10.55pm and 11.15pm last Monday. She said three windows were cracked and had to be replaced by Mr Robertson, also Blacktown MP. One man is described as being of medium build, wearing a red jumper, grey pants and a black beanie. The second man was wearing a grey jumper with red and white writing, a green cap and black shorts. One woman has dark hair and was wearing a white top, black tights, black shoes with white laces and a pink scarf. The second woman has black hair and was wearing a pink singlet and black tights.
Stolen credit cards
Police arrested a man for having four stolen credit cards and stolen goods in a car in Blacktown last Thursday. The Merrylands man, 24, is due to appear before Blacktown Local Court on October 1. Police detained the man after stopping him in a car on Myrtle Street about 1.40am. They found four credit cards in others' names and a mobile phone. Police later found the cards were reported stolen by their owners and that the suspect had used them to buy goods fraudulently on 17 occasions over four days in August.
Car and handbag missing
A woman, 46, found her car and handbag missing after her house was broken into at Doonside on Sunday. She said someone had entered her home on Moni Way through a window to steal her handbag containing her car key about 8pm. She told police. A family member said he saw the car being driven by a boy. The car was later found abandoned on Cygnus Close by two boys about 16 and was seized by police for forensic examination.