Disturbing Trend in this week’s North Shore Police Area Command Report

Each week In the Cove is sent a crime report compiled by the North Shore Area Command’s crime prevention officer.  This week we saw an interesting trend in the report.  Other than one incident, all the other incidents reported were committed by juveniles/young adults.

Police Crime Report – 14 September 2019

Armed Robbery – Chatswood

Shortly after 5:00pm Thursday 5th September a young man has walked from Chatswood Train Station through the Memorial Garden toward Albert Street. At this time he was approached by two males, one of these males produced a knife described as being 20 centimetres long and demanded the victim hand over his shoes. The victim’s Adidas runners were valued at more than $1000. Fearing he may be stabbed if he did not comply the victim handed over his shoes. The offenders fled the scene with the victim’s shoes, last seen running west along Albert Avenue toward the Pacific Highway.

The offenders are both described as Caucasian males, 16-20 years old, both with brown hair around 175-180cm tall.

Robbery – Chatswood

Police have charged a 17 year old male and a 15 year old female after they attempted to rob a restaurant in Chatswood over the weekend.

Police will allege the pair entered the restaurant on Victoria Avenue, Chatswood around 9:00pm Sunday 8th September sitting at a table before seizing an opportune time to take several bottles of spirits from behind the bar. Staff and customers witnessed the actions of the pair. The alleged offenders then ran from the restaurant with bottles in hand. A waiter gave chase and tackled the male to the ground, the pair became involved in a physical altercation. The waiter recovered two bottles of spirits before the male fled along Oscar Street.

Police were notified and commenced patrolling for the pair locating them nearby a short time later. The pair were arrested and taken to Chatswood Police Station where they were charged with Robbery in Company, they will face Surry Hills Childrens Court next month.

Break Enter Steal – St Leonards

Police have charged a 15 year old male from Seaforth with breaking into a business in St Leonards in the process causing more than $10,000 worth of damage.

In July this year a business on the Pacific Highway, St Leonards was broken into overnight. The offender broke into the shop by smashing through the glass doors at the front of the business. Police attended the location and gathered digital and forensic evidence. In the weeks that followed police made a number of enquiries and on Friday 6th September arrested the 15 year old male at Chatswood Police Station. He was granted conditional bail and will face court next month.

Police Crime Report – 4th September 2019

Selling Stolen Property – Lane Cove/Wollstonecraft

Police have charged a 16 year old boy from Riverview with property offences after he was found to be attempting to sell stolen goods online.

In late August a Canyon mountain bike valued at more than $6000 was stolen from a property in Lane Cove. The bike had been modified by its owner with several personalised stickers and markings.

On Monday 2nd September the owner of the bike located it for sale on a social media website and notified police. Contact was made with the seller to purchase the bike.

Around 11:00am Tuesday 3rd September plain clothes police met the 16 year old at Wollstonecraft Railway Station. Police will allege they located the Canyon mountain bike in a nearby vehicle being used by the 16 year old and another male.

The 16 year old was arrested and taken to Chatswood Police Station where he was charged with 1 count of goods in custody suspected being stolen and 1 count of attempting to dispose of stolen property. He was refused bail and will face Surry Hills Children’s Court this week.

Crimes Involving Juvenile Victims

Earlier this year, the Lane Cove community was shocked when ITC  reported the robbery of a 14-year-old boy walking along Hallam Avenue, towards the intersection with Garling Street.  He was approached by a group of five teenagers who demanded he hand over cash. When the boy refused, he was kicked and punched by one of the teens. The victim eventually handed over more than $150 with the group of teens running south along Hallam Avenue.

We also reported on the heroic actions of an 18 year old girl, which resulted in her stopping a robbery by a juvenile. Read more here.

Let’s hope this trend is an anomaly.

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