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Police appeal for witnesses following armed robberies

Police are appealing for information following three armed robberies in the Sydney metropolitan area that are believed to be linked.

In the first incident, a man entered a store on Hoxton Park Road, Prestons, armed with a firearm just before 9pm yesterday (Wednesday 8 November 2017).

The man reportedly fired shots while threatening staff, before fleeing the scene empty handed.

Police were called to a second incident about 2.30am today (Thursday 9 November 2017), and told a man entered the service station on Wallgrove Grove, Eastern Creek, armed with a firearm.

The man reportedly threatened an employee before stealing cash and cigarettes, and fleeing the scene.

A short time later, police were called to a service station on Elizabeth Drive, Kemps Creek, following reports a man armed with a firearm entered the store and threatened staff.

Officers were told the man stole cash and cigarettes before fleeing the scene.

Local police established crime scenes at each of the locations, which have been examined by specialist forensic officers.

No one was injured during the incidents.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad have established Strike Force Adderstone to investigate the incidents, which are believed to be linked.

Robbery and Serious Crime Squad Commander, Detective Acting Superintendent Mick Banfield, said investigators are exploring the links between the incidents.

“Strike Force Adderstone detectives are appealing for information from the community, particularly anyone who may have been in or around the locations, and has not yet spoken to police,” Det A/Supt Banfield said.

“The description of the man and vehicle we have from witnesses to each incident is strikingly similar, and we’d like to hear from anyone who may have seen something suspicious.

“The man has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, with a medium build, and between 170cm and 180cm tall, and he left each scene in a silver vehicle.

“Investigators are piecing together the vehicle’s movements throughout the evening, but given the short timeframe between the last two incidents, we’d anticipate the vehicle may have been travelling at speed, which another motorist may have noticed – we’d love to hear from them.

“As you may be able to appreciate, we are only in the early stages of the investigation, so we have limited information at hand; anyone who has information that may assist with our inquiries is urged to get in touch,” Det A/Supt Banfield said.

Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Adderstone investigators to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via Facebook and Twitter pages.

Source: NSW Police

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