A 76-year-old Castle Hill man gave a woman who complimented him about his garden a plant cutting, before realising she'd robbed him, police said.
His wife, 75, was also outside.
Two people were later arrested.
Police say the man was gardening between 7am and 8am Saturday when he noticed a young woman walk out of his garage in Cambewarra Avenue.
She told him how beautiful the garden was and he gave her a cutting.
He then saw a young man walk out of his garage. He later realised his wife's handbag had been stolen. Police will allege the same young couple then entered a backyard in Ambleside Drive, Castle Hill, where a woman called the police.
A man, 30, of Castle Hill, and a woman, 32, of no fixed address, will appear at Parramatta Local Court.
IN OTHER POLICE NEWS:
A Northmead man was charged with stealing from a hardware store in North Parramatta on January 28.
Police said at about 1.30pm the man, 32, was seen placing a Makita drill, valued at $499, inside the box for an electric blower worth $139.
After the man paid for the cheaper item, he was approached by the police officer and later charged with dishonestly obtaining property by deception.
He is due to go to Parramatta Local Court on March 12.
Boat, trailer taken
Police are looking for witnesses who may have seen a boat and trailer being stolen from a house on Lambert Crescent, Baulkham Hills, on Sunday.
Police said that between 11am on January 26 and 1.45pm on January 27 someone used a chisel and hammer to break the padlock off the side gate of a car port.
A black boat and trailer — with registration X08 418 — a green, black and white Labs ski bag and an outboard motor were taken.
A Kellyville man, 26, was charged with attempted robbery after an incident in a Northmead fast food restaurant on January 29.
At 9.46pm police were called to the premises after a man handed a note to an employee demanding money and food.
The 26-year-old was granted conditional bail and is due to go to Parramatta Local Court on February 26.
Spate of burglaries
There were three break-and-enters in Baulkham Hills on Friday.
In Watkins Road, a laptop and hard drive was stolen (7am-5pm); in Valerie Avenue, necklaces, rings with stones and personal papers were stolen (2.10pm-3pm); and in Edwards Street (midnight-11.30am), two handbags, a wallet, electronic diary, cosmetics and keys to a 2006 blue Toyota Corolla, plated AYU 89F, were stolen. The car is still missing.
In Valerie Avenue two men in their 20s were seen outside the house about 2.30pm, one described as Aboriginal wearing an orange fluoro top and shorts; the other Caucasian, wearing a green fluoro top.