Gun found in a Baulkham Hills oven

A Baulkham Hills man, 53, found a .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolver behind his oven during  kitchen renovations on March 17.

The man, who recently acquired a house on Thompson Place, told police he found the gun after pulling the old oven off the wall.

Police said the revolver’s barrel had been welded shut by its previous owner, rendering it unable to be fired.

The Hills licensing police officers are investigating the finding.

In other police news

Road rage attack

Police are looking for witnesses after a Baulkham Hills man, 44, was punched on the head during a road rage incident on Cook Street, Baulkham Hills, on March 18.

The victim told police he was driving a white Mitsubishi Express Van on Barclay Road at about 4.20pm when he noticed the driver of a Toyota Prado flashing the headlights and beeping the horn.

The Prado driver reportedly overtook the van and turned into Park Street.

A few minutes later the victim was driving on Cook Street and the alleged offender, who was driving from the opposite direction, got out of his car and approached the van.

The victim told police the other man smashed the van’s side mirror and punched him repeatedly around the head.

The victim told police there was a child aged 12 or 13 who was visibly upset on the front seat of the offender’s vehicle.

The Prado driver was described as being of a large build, 160-170 centimetres tall with short-cropped brown hair and wearing a green shirt.

The victim suffered a bump on his head and a swollen forearm.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Castle Hill detectives on 9680 5399 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Cannabis caution

Three men, all aged 20, were given cannabis cautions after they were caught by police in Turkeys Nest Reserve in Beaumont Hills at 11.15pm on March 19.

Police said the three youths, one from Castle Hill and two from Beaumont Hills, were sitting on camping chairs with a bong and 14.6 grams of cannabis.

Shoplifting charges

Two women were charged with shoplifting after an incident at a large department store at Castle Towers on March 17.

Police said the women, one aged 36 from Miller and the other aged 32 from Mt Druitt, were allegedly spotted  by a security officer as they allegedly placed five perfumes and two shirts into handbags and attempted to leave the store.

The items were valued at $625.

The women are due to appear at Parramatta Local Court on April 9.

Hard drives stolen

Police are reviewing security footage from an office supply store in Castle Hill after two men were seen allegedly placing several portable hard drives into shopping bags and leaving the store on March 17.

In the footage, recorded between 4.55pm and 5.55pm, the men are seen placing the hard drives, valued at $1500, inside a David Jones shopping bag.

One was filmed  leaving the store with the items as the other purchased two rolls of tape.

They were described as  being aged between 25 and 35, one of Caucasian appearance, solid build and wearing a white shirt and white cap.

The other was described as having a thin build, dark short hair, an olive complexion and wearing an orange shirt and dark cap.

Witnesses are asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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