Alleged Crimes of the East
Easy Pickings for Burglars
Don’t make life easy for burglars by leaving your keys and wallet on the kitchen bench. That’s the word from police after a number of break-ins around the Eastern Beaches.
A posting on Facebook by Eastern Beaches Police Area Command said there had been an increase in targeted stealing from local homes.
“Organised thieves are breaking into houses within our command targeting car keys and luxury vehicle fobs and credit cards, then committing secondary crimes of stealing the associated motor vehicle or fraudulent use of the cards,” police said.
Householders should “be mindful when you get home and throw your keys and wallet on the bench”. Police urged anyone with information about the burglars responsible for the recent offences to get in touch with Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000, or Eastern Beaches Police Area Command.
TV Producer has Rape Charge Bail Conditions Eased
A producer with The Today Show accused of raping an intoxicated woman in his Bondi home has had his bail conditions relaxed.
In a hearing at Waverley Court, Tom Nicol had his 8pm-6am curfew lifted in exchange for an additional day of reporting in person to Bondi Police Station.
Nicol was a supervising producer with the Nine Network’s flagship Today current affairs program. The 32-year-old was stood down following his arrest. He is charged with having sexual intercourse with a woman without consent at his home in January this year. His solicitor has said he “strongly denies” the charge.
Police have described the victim as being “highly intoxicated” at the time of the offence following “a night on the town” with Nicol. Both alcohol “and other drugs” are said to have been involved.
A man wanted for serious domestic violence offences committed in Hillsdale was found cowering beneath a blanket in a house raided by Eastern Beaches Police Area Command alongside specialist Operational Support officers.
It is alleged the man, 31, had choked and demanded money from a 19-year-old woman known to him in a Hillsdale unit. Police tracked him down to a house in Newtown, where he was arrested, then taken to the police station to be charged with several offences.
He will have time to reflect on his life, because next port of call was court where the magistrate remanded him in custody for seven weeks.
Bondi Man had Multiple Identities, say Police
A Bondi man whose car was stopped by police in Darlinghurst is said to have had a staggering 21 forms of ID in other people’s names.
Police also say the 46-year-old had not held a driver’s licence (not one in his real name, anyway!) since 1995. In a search of his car, they found cannabis, methamphetamine and Valium.
After testing positive for drugs, he was taken to Surry Hills police station where a second drug analysis was positive to methamphetamine and cannabis.
He was charged with drug possession, driving while unlicensed and 21 counts of possession of identification information with the intention of committing an indictable offence. Bail was refused.
Post Scam Warning
Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command has issued a warning about bogus emails purporting to be from Australia Post. Email recipients are asked to pay a small shipping fee for a parcel being held at the post office.
“The emails may look legitimate, with real logos and contact details, but are just an attempt to steal your credit card details,” Police said.
Man Groped Woman and Pinched Toddler – Police
A South Coogee man groped a young woman’s bottom in Westfield Bondi Junction, then later in the day resurfaced in the city where he repeatedly pinched a two-year-old’s leg, according to police.
After assaulting the woman in Westfield, the 33-year-old is then said to have approached another woman pushing a pram in the centre and touched her baby. He made his exit from the centre before turning up in the city later in the day. It is alleged a two-year-old boy sitting in a pram on George Street had his leg pinched several times by the man. A passer-by tried to restrain him but he escaped.
Police located the man on Broadway and arrested him. He has been charged with a string of offences including assault and sexual touching without consent.