Three teenage boys have been arrested in relation to a series of assaults and robberies across the Sydney Metropolitan area last month, NSW Police say.
About 2.25am Tuesday 17 October 2017, a 39-year-old man was approached by three males in Anderson Street, Parramatta, and allegedly hit in the head, which knocked him to the ground.
The man’s laptop, watch, mobile phone and personal items were stolen before the group fled in a white Ford Focus.
About 3.10am, two women and a man were approached by a group of males on Park Street, between Elizabeth and College Streets, Sydney, and were allegedly threatened before being robbed of handbags, mobile phones and passports.
The next incident occurred about 3.20am in Elizabeth Street near Cleveland Street, Surry Hills, when a man from Germany was approached by a group of males and allegedly hit in the face with a golf club and robbed.
A short time later, an employee at a convenience store in Glebe Point Road, Glebe, was allegedly threatened by three males – armed with a machete and a hammer – who stole cash and cigarettes before fleeing in a white Ford Focus.
A description of a vehicle was circulated via Police Radio and a short time later, the Ford Focus was seen on Parramatta Road by general duties officers attached to Sydney City Local Area Command.
They initiated a pursuit; however, it was terminated at Homebush West because of safety concerns when the driver allegedly ran several red lights and reached speeds of up to 130km/h.
Police later located the white Ford Focus – which had been stolen the night before – burnt-out at Bidwill.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad established Strike Force Wavelet to investigate the incidents.
Following extensive inquiries, strike force investigators, with the assistance of officers from the Public Order and Riot Squad and Mt Druitt Local Area Command, commenced a planned police operation about 6am today (Thursday 2 November 2017).
Three teenage boys were arrested at homes in the Mt Druitt area and taken to Mt Druitt Police Station, where they are assisting with inquiries.
Investigations are continuing.
Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Wavelet investigators to call Crime Stoppers.