A 20-year-old man was arrested after breaking into nine cars parked in Smithfield and stealing property.
Between March 7 and March 13, the cars, which were all parked on the street in Smithfield were broken into and had property stolen including sunglasses, cash, tools and GPS units.
Inquiries by officers attached to Fairfield police using forensic fingerprint identification indicated a 20-year-old man could assist with inquiries.
Police arrested the man after they found him in Rhondda Street, Smithfield.
Officers will allege that as they searched the man they located a replica firearm hidden in his pants, as well as methyl-amphetamine and a hammer.
He was arrested and taken to Fairfield police station where he was charged with 24 offences including possessing an unauthorised firearm, possessing an implement to enter a conveyance, possessing a prohibited drug and an outstanding warrant.
Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.