Man robs twice; caught by passers-by

On Friday a man robbed customers in supermarkets in Castle Hill, then Rouse Hill, before passers-by subdued and detained him.

About 1.30pm, the man grabbed a woman’s wallet from the shopping trolley she was using in Coles, Castle Hill.

Another man nearby chased the man, but he got away in a waiting car.

At 3.10pm he allegedly took another woman’s wallet at Woolworths in Rouse Hill.

However, another customer called out and shop workers, others customers and an off-duty police officer caught and held him until police arrived.

Nearly all stolen property was recovered and returned to their owners.

Police later charged a 44-year-old Bidwill man with two counts of stealing.

He appears in Parramatta Local Court this Wednesday.

Police are still looking for the getaway car seen in Castle Hill, described as a white Holden Commodore driven by a woman.

They urged anyone with any information to contact Hills detectives on 9680 5399 or Crime Stoppers.

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