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Police investigate two taxi driver robberies - Surry Hills

Saturday, 10 June 2017 08:38:07 AM

Police are investigating the robbery of a two taxi drivers overnight in Surry Hills and attempting to determine if it is linked to several recent similar incidents.

About 1am today (Saturday 10 June 2017), a taxi driver travelling north on Harris Street at Pyrmont was hailed by a man near Allen Street and directed to drive to Surry Hills.

At the intersection of Gladstone and Hart Street the driver was asked to stop the vehicle.

Police have been told that the man then produced a knife and threatened the 35-year-old taxi driver and demanded money.

The driver told the man that he had no money but he was again threatened at knifepoint and a further demand for money was made.

The offender took a quantity of cash before he fled from the vehicle on foot, south along Hart Street.

The driver, who was not injured, contacted police and officers from Surry Hills Local Area Command attended.

The taxi was seized for forensic analysis.

The man has been described to police as being of Caucasian appearance, between 25 and 30-years-old. He was 183cm tall, clean shaven with an athletic build and long face.

The man was wearing grey jeans and a pink hooded jacket.

A second cab was stopped at the corner of Elizabeth and Kippax Street, Surry Hills, just before 2.30am.

A man entered the vehicle, and after driving a short distance, he asked the driver to stop on Uther Street, Surry Hills, where he then threatened the 46-year-old driver, and demanded cash.

The man fled the scene with a small amount of cash.

The driver attended Chatswood Police Station where he reported the incident to officers, who would like to speak to a man who might be able to assist with inquiries.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, approximately 24-years-old, about 190cm tall, with blond hair. He was last seen wearing a red Adidas hooded jumper and tracksuit pants.

Officers attached to Surry Hills Local Area Command are investigating both incidents, which are believed to be linked.

Investigators are looking into links between these incidents and several other recent taxi driver robberies which are being investigated by Sydney City and Leichhardt Local Area Commands.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.