Police have charged a further youth following a police investigation into a string of robberies targeting mobile phone private sellers in Sydney’s west, involving an online marketplace.
Since December 2016, officers from Flemington Local Area Command have received a number of reports of robberies which have occurred in similar circumstances, including at Canley Heights.
Each of these robberies have involved users of the online marketplace ‘Gumtree’ meeting with prospective buyers to sell their mobile phones.
Police will allege once the seller arrives at the agreed location to sell their phone, they are then robbed of the phone by two males.
Offences have been reported from Lidcombe, Strathfield, Regents Park, Merrylands, Brookvale, Marsfield, and Canley Heights.
Detectives from Flemington Local Area Command established Strike Force Hayden to investigate the incidents and were assisted with information provided by Gumtree.
Following inquiries, about 7.30pm yesterday (Tuesday, April 18), investigators arrested a 17-year-old boy at Sydney Airport, after he arrived from an overseas flight.
He was taken to Mascot Police Station where an arrest warrant was executed.
The boy, from Merrylands, was charged with 12 offences, including; robbery in company (x3), steal from person (x7), armed with intent to commit indictable offence; and participate in criminal group.
These charges relate to offences which allegedly occurred between December 11 2016 and February 15 2017 at Canley Heights, Strathfield South, Marsfield, Regents Park, Brookvale, and Merrylands.
He has been bail refused to appear at a children’s court today (Wednesday, April 19).
The boy is the third person charged over the offences, with two further teens, aged 17 and 18, charged by investigators in March.