IT MAY not be a crime wave, but two incidents last week have left Hawkesbury businesses on edge.
Last Thursday afternoon, February 21, a 19-year-old from Windsor Downs was allegedly threatened by a man with a knife in the Baker Street carpark in Windsor. The teenager told police the man had followed him in a car as he was walking in the vicinity of Baker Street, and had asked for directions. It is then alleged the man parked his car, spoke further with the victim then pulled out a knife and took money from him.
The man has been described as of Mediterranean background, 25 to 30 years old, about 180cm tall, medium build and with an olive complexion. He had short black hair, was unshaven and spoke with an accent.
He was reported to be driving a white hatchback with partial number plate BM10, with black letters on a yellow background.
The news of the assault has left Windsor business owners and residents worried. “As a citizen I am concerned, but as a business owner I am worried for my staff as they are my main priority,’’ one business owner told the Gazette. “You hear about people being followed from ATMs around here so you can’t help but think what could happen next. Meanwhile we are thinking about how we can afford the several thousand dollars for an alarm and surveillance system.’’
Police have been examining CCTV from businesses in the area.
That same night there was an attempted break and enter at the IGA in Pitt Town. Police said it appears the thieves may have been disturbed before they had a chance to get away with anything.
If you have any information on the above investigations, contact Windsor Police on 4587 4099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.