A couple have been charged over a bizarre attempt to steal and re-steal a motor vehicle in Cranebrook.
At about 11.10am on Tuesday, September 3 police attended an address in Greenhalg Road to recover a stolen vehicle. The owner of the vehicle attended with the keys and conversed with police upon arrival.
During this time, it is alleged that a 23-year-old Penrith man and 21-year-old Penrith woman entered the parked vehicle on the grass median strip and locked the doors.
Police had reasonable suspicion that the pair were the original thieves.
As officers ran over to the vehicle, the pair began to drive off but the 23-year-old man stalled the car.
An officer smashed in the passenger window but was kicked in the face by the female who was sitting in the rear seat.
The driver attempted to escape the vehicle.
Both were apprehended.
A search of the vehicle and the offenders was conducted, locating stolen property, several knives and an imitation firearm in the man’s bag.
He was charged with ‘steal motor vehicle’, ‘take and drive conveyance without consent of owner’, ‘drive with suspended license’, ‘resist police in the execution of duty’, ‘possess unauthorised pistol’, ‘carry cutting weapon’, ‘custody of a knife in a public place’ and ‘goods in custody suspected of being stolen’.
He was also charged with ‘possess house break-in implements’ and arrested for further outstanding warrants.
He was bail refused to appear at Penrith Local Court on Friday, September 20.
The woman was charged with ‘resist police in the execution of duty’ and ‘take and drive conveyance without consent of owner’.
She was bail refused to appear at Penrith Local Court on Friday, September 13.
A graduate of Western Sydney University, Nicola Barton is a news journalist with the Western Weekender, primarily covering crime and politics.