Police in brief

Grinch steals Christmas presents

Christmas presents were stolen from a West Pennant Hills home while the family were asleep sometime between midnight and 8am Saturday. Police say entry to the two-storey house in Cherrybrook Road was gained via a downstairs sliding door. Paper wrapping was left in the backyard. Jewellery and CDs were also stolen.

Two schools broken into

Castle Hill High and Jasper Road Public schools were broken into over the weekend. Police say food was stolen from the high school canteen. A window was smashed to get in and a hammer left behind. A wall in the school carpark was graffitied with black paint in the primary school. Parked at the school was a bus owned by North West Disability Services which was also graffitied.

Postal thieves strike again 

Police say they have been called to a unit block in Sherwin Avenue, Castle Hill, three times in the past three months over complaints of mail going missing. This time a number of letterboxes were raided from November 22 to December. Australia Post is investigating. Some people have had their bank accounts checked.

Man beaten with stick

A 63-year-old Carlingford man was beaten with a stick on Sunday. Police say he was approached by a man demanding cash at 10pm on Jenkins Road, Carlingford, who assaulted him with a stick before running away. A witness to the attempted aggravated robbery — a 48-year-old man from Castle Hill — chased the offender and rang police. A police spokesman said the witness said the offender was holding a wooden stake and swinging it.

The offender was described as 18 to 20 years, of Caucasian appearance with blonde hair, tanned skin, wearing a red top and yellow pants. The victim had bleeding lips but did not require medical help.

Bike stolen

A mountain bicycle was stolen from a home in William Place, North Rocks, between 11am on December 10 and 11am on Friday. Police say entry was through a ground-floor front door.

Jewellery and cash stolen 

Jewellery and cash were stolen from a safe in Taylor Street, West Pennant Hills between 3.30pm on Friday and 5pm Saturday.

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