Man arrested after stealing cash from elderly woman's handbag

A man, 32, was arrested after he allegedly robbed an elderly woman in a Blacktown shopping centre last Thursday.

Police said a woman, 75, withdrew money from an ATM before sitting down on a chair near the machine. 

The man allegedly crept up behind the woman and stole cash from her handbag and ran. 

Staff from the bank witnessed the incident and gave chase but they could not stop the man from escaping.

However, police arrested the man soon after.

He was granted bail and will attend Blacktown Local Court in December.


Mount Druitt police have appealed for witnesses to come forward after a woman’s body was found in Hillview Park last week.

Police said the body was found about 10.30am in the park near Hillview Place on Friday morning.

St Francis of Assisi Primary School and Glendenning Public School notified parents of the incident soon after.

The schools urged children and families to avoid the area.

Police launched an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.


Police have appealed for witnesses following an act of willful and obscene exposure in Lalor Park.

A 23-year-old woman reported to police that a man exposed himself to her while she waited for a bus near Lalor Park Shops on Freeman Street last Thursday.

Police said the woman yelled at the man who ran off. 

He was described as Caucasian, in his late 20s and was dressed in black at the time of the incident.


Police have reviewed security footage after a male riding a scooter snatched a mobile phone from a woman in Seven Hills on Sunday.

The woman, 25, was walking near Boomerang Place and Best Road about 8.05pm while speaking on her phone.

She alleged that a male approached her from behind and took the phone from her hand before escaping on the scooter.

Anyone with information should contact Blacktown police, 9671 9199 or Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.


Retailers have been reminded to be vigilant when given larger notes by customers.

Police said multiple reports of people using counterfeit notes have been made by shop owners in the Blacktown area.

Counterfeit notes can often be easily identified upon close inspection but some retailers have not been checking banknotes. 

Police said that fake $50 notes have been the most common counterfeit banknotes circulating in the Blacktown area.