POLICE UPDATE: Warning about scams

Police would like to further remind the public that there are numerous scams currently in circulation and to exercise a high level of caution prior to transferring money, gift cards, or iTunes cards to people online or over the phone. On the 5th October 2020, a 24-year-old woman has lost $1000 to unknown persons after being told she owed the money in unpaid taxes. The caller had all the woman’s details so believed it to be legitimate.

The woman was told Police had an active warrant for her arrest and local police would be in contact with her soon. She was called by someone she believed to be Police saying she had an outstanding warrant for unpaid taxes and the debt would have to be paid. A payment plan was devised for the woman which would involve her purchasing $1000 worth of iTunes gift cards and sending them to a mobile number. The woman has done this and after speaking with her family realized it was a scam.

Man charged with intent and affray

A 34-year-old male has been charged with Armed with Intent and Affray after an incident occurred at a Parramatta Shopping Centre over the long weekend. About 6.40 pm on Monday 5th October 2020, a male has approached a group of youths where it is alleged, he made an inappropriate comment.

The group and the male became involved in an argument with the male making his way to a nearby supermarket where he has entered the stationary aisle. The youths have followed the male into the store where the male has picked up a pair of scissors opening the packet. It is alleged the male has brandished the scissors in a reverse grip pointing the scissors at the group.

Staff at the location have intervened standing in between the group and the male. Police have attended a short time later where they have arrested the male and conveyed him back to Parramatta Police Station. The matter is to be heard before the Parramatta Local Court on the 17th November 2020.

Kurrajongs man returns a positive reading

About 12.30 am on Sunday 4th October 2020, a 24-year-old East Kurrajong man was stopped by Police in his vehicle at a stationary RBT Site on O’Connell Street Parramatta. The male was subjected to a roadside breath test which returned a positive reading. The male was arrested and conveyed back to Parramatta Police Station where he completed a breath analysis returning a mid-range reading. His license was suspended, and he was charged with mid-range PCA. The matter is to be heard before the Parramatta Local Court in the 4th November 2020.

Woman loses control of the car at Toongabbie

ABOUT 4.30 pm on Tuesday 6th October 2020, a 49-year-old Toongabbie woman was driving a silver Nissan X-Trail east along Fitzwilliam Road Toongabbie when she lost control and struck a traffic island. The impact caused extensive damage to the front left side of the vehicle, which ultimately came to a stop in the first of the two eastbound lanes. 

Police were called and attended a short time later to find the woman still seated in the driver’s seat. The woman was breath tested and returned a positive indication to alcohol.  Police placed the woman under arrest and took her back to Parramatta Police Station to undergo breath analysis. The woman returned a reading in the mid-range, had her license suspended, and was issued with a court attendance notice to appear before the Parramatta Local Court on the 21 st of October 2020.

Man had knuckle dusters in pocket

A 31-year-old Eastwood man was charged by Police for the possession of a prohibited weapon on Friday 9th October 2020.  About 4:00 pm that date, officers attached to the Parramatta Police Area Command Bicycle Unit were conducting patrols near Noller Parade and George Street Parramatta when they saw an Eastwood man exchange an item with another male.

Police approached and searched both males, locating a set of ‘knuckle dusters’ in the side pocket of the Eastwood man’s bag. The Eastwood male was issued a court attendance notice to appear before the Parramatta Local Court later this month.

Man punched in the head at the bus stop

ABOUT 5.45 pm on Thursday 8th October 2020, a 65-year-old West Pennant Hills man was seated at a bus stop on the corner of Phillip Street and Charles Street Parramatta. The man sneezed into his arm, at which point an unidentified male approached and punched him to the head. The man tried to question the unknown male, but he walked off without saying anything. 

Police were called and attended a short time later but were unable to locate the unknown male.  The unknown male is described as Pacific Islander in appearance, weighing about 105 to 110 kilograms, of stocky/muscular build, with black hair fading on the sides and spiky on top, wearing a dark blue colored T-shirt and dark blue pants. 

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Paramatta Police Station on 02 96330799, or alternatively Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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