Police investigate a suspicious fire which gutted this Condell Park villa.
WITNESSES have told of dramatic scenes when their quiet street became a crime scene after a suspicious fire gutted a Condell Park villa in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Emergency services were called to the block of villas in Mitchell Street shortly after 3am. A neighbour told the Torch that he and his wife were woken by emergency services and the strong smell of smoke.
"We came outside and there were fire engines and police cars everywhere," the neighbour, who didn't want to be named, said. "There was some fellow sitting on an upturned garbage bin with his face in his hands."
Another neighbour, who also didn't want to be named, said he believed four young men call the villa home.
"We've never had any trouble from there in the past," he said.
Bankstown police are investigating allegations that the fire was deliberately lit.
The occupants of the villa escaped with minor lacerations and smoke inhalation.
Arest over ATM theft attempt
A MAN has been charged after allegedly breaking into a building housing an ATM at Greenacre and trying to access the cash stored in it.
About 10.40pm last Sunday, a man climbed onto the roof of a building in Waterloo Road and climbed through the metal roof, into a room behind an ATM.
Police will allege that the man used an angle grinder to try and break into the machine, but an alarm was activated.
Police quickly attended and observed a man leaving the area carrying an angle grinder and a hammer.
Police said after a short foot pursuit, during which the man threw the tools into the rear yard of a home on Boronia Road, he was arrested.
Men survive helicopter crash
TWO men escaped with minor injuries after a helicopter crash at Bankstown Airport last Sunday.
About 12.30pm, emergency services were called following reports a small helicopter had crashed at Bankstown Airport.
On arrival, police from Bankstown located a four-seater Robinson R22 helicopter with significant damage.
The instructor, a 56-year-old man and a student, a 43-year-old man, were treated for minor injuries.
Four-car crash driver search
POLICE are looking for the driver of a vehicle that was involved in a four-vehicle crash at Punchbowl last Saturday.
About 11.30pm, a blue Nissan Navara ute collided with three vehicles at the intersection of The Boulevard and Broadway, Punchbowl.
Police were told the ute failed to stop after colliding with the vehicles before fleeing the area. No injuries have been reported.
The vehicle was found abandoned a short distance away in Campaspe Avenue, Wiley Park. The driver is described as being of Pacific Islander/Maori appearance, about 180cm tall with a solid build and short black hair.
Boy stable after fall into pool
A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy is in a stable condition after he was dragged from the family pool in Georges Hall last Saturday afternoon.
Police said the boy fell into a pool at a home on Donington Avenue but was pulled from the water by family a short time later and resuscitated.
He was taken to hospital in a stable condition.
Break, enter, steal and drugs
A MAN, 28, from Yagoona, has been charged with break and entering a house, stealing and possessing a prohibited drug.
About 7.30pm on Saturday, February 3, he was allegedly captured on CCTV inside a Bankstown shopping centre which was closed.
Police said the male was seen to reach into a store stealing clothing.
Following investigations the man was arrested four days later, allegedly in possession of a prohibited drug.
Hunt for dog attack witness
POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a dog attack in Panania last Tuesday.
About 3pm, a boy was bitten on the face by a white dog on Dowding Street, Panania.
Police were told the boy approached a man, who was holding the dog on a leash. The boy went to pat the dog and was bitten on the face before the man pulled it away.
A family member called an ambulance, while the man and the dog left the scene. The boy was taken to Bankstown Hospital for treatment.
Police would like to speak with a man they believe can assist with inquiries. The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 180cm to 185cm tall with short black hair and wearing a white shirt.