Pair charged over phone sale thefts

A MAN and a woman who allegedly robbed people selling phones online across Sydney’s south-west, including at Campsie, Padstow and Bankstown, have been charged.

On Wednesday, October 30, a 20-year-old woman was selling her phone through an online trading website when she was contacted by another woman to purchase the item. The two women arranged to meet in Eighth Avenue, Campsie, at 11.30am the next day.
Police said when the 20-year-old woman arrived, a Holden Astra sedan, believed to be stolen, stopped in front of her.
The front passenger, another woman, allegedly tried to grab the two phones in her hands before the male driver began to drive off; dragging the 20-year-old woman 30 metres down the street.
The woman was taken to Canterbury Hospital in a stable condition, suffering cuts to her arm, torso and legs.
About 7.40pm on Monday, November 4, a man and woman arranged to meet with a 23-year-old man outside a supermarket in Faraday Road, Padstow, to purchase a phone he was selling through an online trading website.
When the 23-year-old man arrived, the pair allegedly threatened him before stealing the phone.
About 9.30pm on Monday, December 9, a 30-year-old man was allegedly assaulted, knocked to the ground and had his phone stolen after agreeing to sell the item to a man and woman outside a unit complex in Meredith Street, Bankstown.
The man, 24, was charged with three counts of aggravated robbery in company, robbery in company, two counts of drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, and three outstanding warrants and the woman, 24, was charged with three counts of aggravated robbery in company, and robbery in company.