A strike force has been set up to investigate a spate of “outrageously brazen” armed robberies across Sydney’s west on the weekend.
NSW Police believe a stolen white Audi station wagon was used in four robberies at Toongabbie, Parramatta, North Parramatta and Westmead between 4am and 5am on Sunday.
The station wagon pulled in front of a 53-year-old man walking in Toongabbie about 4am. Three men emerged and threatened him before stealing his bag.
Some 20 minutes later, the Audi stopped in front of a 43-year-old woman in Parramatta, before two men threatened her with a knife and stole her handbag.
Subsequently, a 60-year-old woman was threatened by a man who jumped out of an Audi station wagon. He pushed her in the chest and stole her bag.
Then, at 4.50am, the vehicle stopped in front of a 53-year-old man in Westmead. Two men threatened him with a gun and stole his bag.
Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty says the men were “outrageously brazen”.
“It is sheer luck that no one was seriously injured in all four of these robberies,” Det Supt Doherty said in a statement on Monday.
“Strike force investigators are continuing to use all the resources at our disposal to take these men off the streets.”
Detectives believe the Audi was stolen from a home in South Wentworthville after 1am on Sunday.