Strike Force Rigil formed to investigate four armed robberies across Sydney’s west

Police have released footage of a vehicle as they continue to investigate four armed robberies across Sydney’s west this morning.

About 4am (Monday 13 May 2019), a 53-year-old man was walking on Bungaree Road, Toongabbie, when a white Audi Q5 station wagon, with NSW registration plates YBV 38K, pulled in front of him.

Three men exited the vehicle and threatened the man before stealing his bag.

Just after 4.20am, the station wagon stopped in front of a 43-year-old woman on Hassell Street, Parramatta, where two men exited the car and threatened her with a knife, before stealing her handbag.

Shortly after, a 60-year-old woman was threatened by one man, who exited an Audi Q5 station wagon, and pushed in the chest before he stole her bag on Isabella Street, North Parramatta.

About 4.50am, a 53-year-old man was walking on Alexandra Avenue at Westmead, towards Westmead Railway Station, when the Audi Q5 station wagon stopped in front of him.

Two men jumped out of the car and threatened him with a firearm before stealing his bag.

It’s believed the Audi station wagon was stolen from a home in South Wentworthville just after 1am yesterday (Sunday 12 May 2019).

The State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad have established Strike Force Rigil to investigate the armed robberies, which are believed to be linked.

As part of their inquiries, investigators have released vision of a white Audi Q5 station wagon in an appeal for public assistance.

Robbery and Serious Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, urged anyone who sighted this car or the men to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.

“The behaviour of these men is outrageously brazen, and it is sheer luck that no one was seriously injured in all four of these robberies,” Det Supt Doherty said.

“Strike force investigators are continuing to use all the resources at our disposal to take these men off the streets.

“While detectives continue with their investigation, we encourage anyone with information to come forward.”

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Rigil investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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