Youths charged over Toongabbie train robbery

Police have arrested and charged two youths following the alleged attempted robbery of a woman on a train in Sydney’s north-west.

About 4.30pm yesterday, Thursday, February 7, a 30-year-old woman was travelling on an eastbound train from Blacktown when two boys entered the carriage and sat opposite her.

As the train stopped at Toongabbie railway station, one of the youths allegedly attempted to grab the woman’s mobile phone, while the other boy tried to steal her handbag.

The woman managed to hold on to both her phone and handbag, and the youths ran from the train empty-handed.

The woman alighted from the train when it arrived at Wentworthville railway station and reported the incident to police officers patrolling the platform.

Officers then boarded a westbound train and spotted two boys matching the descriptions of the alleged offenders at Toongabbie railway station.

Police arrested the youths, before taking them to Parramatta police station where both were charged with aggravated robbery in company.

The boys – a 12-year-old from Glenorie and a 14-year-old Blacktown – will appear in Parramatta Children’s Court today (Friday 8 February 2013).

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