Thieves have carried out a daring ram-raid on a bank in Sydney’s CBD, driving a stolen Porsche four-wheel-drive into the front of a Westpac branch.
Stunned witnesses said the robbery occurred on Kent Street about 11.15am, and the vehicle’s impact caused the building to shake and the wall to partially collapse.
Two masked men, armed with sledgehammers, were seen running out of the building carrying bags and hopping into a stolen blue Subaru WRX getaway vehicle, where a driver was waiting.
The entire robbery took less than five minutes, with bystanders capturing photographs of the bandits while the robbery was in progress.
An officer worker, who asked not to be named, said he was walking down Erskine Street when he heard a loud bang.
‘‘At first we thought it was coming from some building works,’’ he said.
‘‘Then [we] looked back and saw the Porsche drive into the wall and people in masks get out and run into the bank. It looked to me like they were equipped with sledgehammers.’’
The office worker called triple-0.
He said the Subaru was parked behind the Porsche, and the getaway driver was ‘‘clearly getting nervous waiting for the others to come out, especially as a number of people were photographing him’’.
‘‘He started shouting to the others to hurry up. After a few minutes the others came out and the Subaru sped off, turning down Napoleon Street. I didn’t think they got away with much, if anything,’’ he said.
The vehicle that rammed into the bank appeared to be a Porsche Cayenne.
Police said the men entered the bank through the opening and took money from the tellers.
Acting Superintendent David Roptell, commander of The Rocks local area command, said a number of bank staff members were shaken up and had been treated by paramedics.
“It’s a brazen attempt as you can see. The offenders and their faces were obscured,” he said.
“We’re appealing for witneses that were in the area that may have seen this incident [to contact police].”
He said it was unclear at this stage how much cash the thieves took from the tellers.
Lars was walking down Kent Street on his way to a job interview when the Porsche crashed into the bank five metres behind him.
‘‘There was a massive thud, a crash,’’ said Lars, who did not want his surname used.
‘‘They didn’t get through the glass the first time. They reversed out and went straight back in.
‘‘Two men ran out of the four-wheel-drive and ran inside [the bank], and a blue WRX hatchback was waiting out the front. Probably about a minute later you could start hearing police sirens, and that’s when the driver of the second car started beeping his horn. He held down the horn when they started getting closer.’’
He estimated the whole robbery took only a couple of minutes.
Lars said the men were quite large – at least 180 centimetres tall – and were wearing white cloths or bandanas over their faces.
Lars said he knew immediately that the men were targeting the bank, and he ran behind a concrete pillar in case they were carrying weapons.
But other bystanders began approaching the vehicle.
‘‘People were walking up to it because they thought it was an accident,’’ he said.
Matthew, who works in the building opposite the bank, said the four-wheel-drive crashed through the bank’s front window, where it remained with its hazard lights on.
“They entered the building and came out … with some bags and escaped in a second vehicle,’’ he said.
‘‘There is an ATM right next to where they rammed, and it has a little bit of damage, but it looks like they were trying to enter the bank.’’
He said people in his building heard a loud bang when the vehicle crashed into the window.
There were quite a few people in the street at the time, he said.
A Westpac spokesman confirmed there was an ‘‘attempted robbery’’ on the Kent Street bank.
‘‘No physical injuries to staff or customers have been reported at this time,’’ he said.
‘‘Our priority is our customers and our employee’s safety and we are currently providing support to them at this time.
A number of customers were believed to be in the branch at the time.

Alleged Thief takes Photo of Himself and Posts it to Dropbox, using the phone he apparently stole…

A TOURIST who had her phone stolen during a late-night drunken swim has had the last laugh, posting pictures the thief took on her device to tumblr.

In the Life of a Stranger Who Stole My Phone, the unnamed blogger reveals how she parted ways with her smartphone after she and her friends went for a late-night swim after a night out in Ibiza, Spain last month.

Unfortunately when the group came back all their stuff was gone with no sign of the thieves in sight.

But the thief failed to disable file-sharing app Dropbox and so she now receives a copy of every photograph taken on her iPhone.


Hafid also appears to like cars, and is happy to be seen pictured with them Source: Supplied

Now, in the ultimate payback, she’s chronicling the life of “Hafid” who she has worked out lives in Dubai after pictures emerged of him in front of the city’s skyline.

In her blog she says: “This is the inspiring story of Hafid from Dubai, the douchebag who stole my phone. He forgot to switch off the camera upload function, that’s why we will enjoy a deep insight into his life.”


Hafid is pictured in a variety of places and locations Source: Supplied

The photographs show Hafid in a series of situations, from posing with a fancy car and food, to hanging by the beach with his mates, with the blogger adding hilarious captions.

The blog, which began last month, has attracted thousands of followers and Hafid still appears to have no idea of his new-found internet status.


Hafid, he’s sexy and he knows it

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Robbery Offence Information

[Section 94 Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)]
Maximum Penalty: 14 years imprisonment
Offence: There are three elements to this offence, they are:
1.     Intent to steal
2.     Threat or force putting the other person(s) in fear
3.     Taking property from the person(s)
This offence must be heard within the district court.
Evidence: Evidence that may be used includes, evidence from the victim or witnesses, CCTV footage, interviews between accused and police, and more.
Defences: An option for defence is claim of right. That the accused believed they were entitled to take the property.
Sentence: Custodial sentences are generally given for this offence. Consideration is given to prior criminal record and personal circumstances are taken into account.

This Offence can be elevated with the addition of weaponry or wounding, the offence has the same three elements to establish robbery. With all of these offences both aggravating and mitigating circumstances affect the outcome of the penalty. These offences include:
1.    Robbery whilst armed with an offensive weapon [Section 97(1) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)]-
Offensive weapon includes: a dangerous weapon, anything made/adapted for offensive purposes, anything intended to be used for offensive or threatening purposes or anything capable of causing harm.
Maximum penalty is increased to 20 years imprisonment.
2.    Robbery whilst armed with a dangerous weapon [Section 97(2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)] –
Dangerous weapon includes: a firearm, or imitation firearm, a prohibited firearm, or a spear gun.
Maximum penalty is increased to 25 years imprisonment.
3.     Robbery with wounding. [Section 96 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)]-
Wounds- A break of the interior layer of skin
Grievous bodily harm- Serious injury but needn’t be permanent or life threatening.
Maximum penalty is increased to 25 years imprisonment.


The appalling state of affairs concerning Roberto Laudisio Curti is currently the subject of an inquest. Of worthwhile consideration for every citizen, is the conduct of NSW Police, who are being cross examined by the incredibly capable Peter Hamil SC.

Police use what tools they are given, and perhaps they discard those they already have. One rarely hears of the use of the extendable baton these day (as one example).

Full coverage here.