Police have spoken to families of young people they suspect have committed break-ins, some car thefts and stolen from shops at Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills and Rouse Hill.
‘‘It’s a group of about 10 boys, aged 13 to 18,’’ Detective Inspector Gary Bailey of Castle Hill police said.
‘‘They’re not a gang, they’re a group; they’re not organised in any way.’’
He said the number of incidents had declined since police spoke to the families.
‘‘Many of the parents are co-operating and realise there’s a problem,’’ he said.
‘‘Some also say they have difficulties keeping their kids home at night. One parent said he noticed six boys out at 3am.
‘‘But we’re continuing to work with the parents and when school resumes we’ll work with the schools.’’
Police urged car owners to ensure their vehicles were securely locked and to remove valuable items from them after parking.
They said the fact some cars were undamaged after robberies indicated the owners had probably not locked them.
On Tuesday of last week thieves in Main Street, Rouse Hill, smashed a car’s window and stole a navigation device, a camera, a USB stick and a fuel card.
On the same day in Baulkham Hills cash and a credit card was taken from a car. There were no signs of forced entry.
About 6am on Friday a man found his car broken into and his iPad and laptop stolen, in Fletcher Street, Northmead.
The man tracked his iPad through his iPhone, following the thief to Bismark Road.
The iPad was traced to a rubbish bin in Cumbrian Close, by activating a signal from the iPhone.
The owner noticed a man who appeared to be hiding from him and called police.
They arrested a 33-year-old from Weston, and charged him with theft and goods in custody. He will appear in Parramatta Local Court on May 14.
On Saturday police charged a woman with defrauding her employer of $521,000 in 2010 and 2011.
The woman, 32 of Greystanes, worked as a bookkeeper in a Baulkham Hills business at the time.
Police said her employer discovered arrears in the accounts and a number of unauthorised cheques cashed. Police have charged the woman with 14 counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage and four counts of stealing property.
She will appear in Parramatta Local Court on June 18.
Two cars collided at a Baulkham Hills intersection last Tuesday.
Each driver says the other was at fault.
About 7.15am a car driven by a 26-year-old woman from Baulkham Hills was heading north on Seven Hills Road when it collided with a car driven by a 44-year-old woman, also of Baulkham Hills, turning out of Astoria Park Road.
Both women were taken to hospital. They also both said the traffic lights were in their favour.
Police checked the traffic lights and later issued a ticket to the younger driver for failing to stop at a red light.