ARMED MEN WANTED IN CONNECTION TO TAXI CAB ROBBERIES

“robberies directed at taxi drivers…”

 

Taxi Drivers MelbourneOctober 19, 2012—Police confirm that the armed robberies directed at taxi drivers in Melbourne’s north over the last week were likely perpetrated by the same two men. On two separate occasions, the men, in their 20s and wearing hooded tops, hailed the taxis under the guise of being taxi passengers. They then used a knife to intimidate the drivers into surrendering their valuables upon reaching their supposed destination.

“Mr Singh, who had been working as a taxi driver for about six weeks…”

 

In the first incident on a Melbourne taxi cab which occurred at around 2am on Sunday morning in Coburg North, taxi driver Gurbhej Singh, 23, stopped to pick up two male taxi passengers at the intersection of Elizabeth and Livingstone Streets. After driving a short distance, one of the men signaled the taxi driver to stop, while the other threatened the driver with a knife and made away with the driver’s money and credit cards.

“taxi drivers are regularly put in defenceless situations…”

 

Mr Singh, who had been working as a taxi driver for about six weeks at the time, was left feeling traumatised by the experience. “I couldn’t sleep for two nights after that incident and I still can’t sleep because that was really terrifying, I saw my death so closely,” Mr Singh said, adding that taxi drivers are regularly put in defenseless situations in the course of earning a living. “At night time, we always have the fear [of being attacked],” he elaborated.

A taxi cab driver in Thomastown became the second known victim of the armed robbers when they struck again two days later in the wee hours of the morning on Winamurra Street. They stole the driver’s wallet and ran east towards a waiting vehicle on Edgars Road. Police say footage from CCTV showed the knife used to be rather large.

“The fact that the taxis only travelled a short distance before the crime was being committed showed a level of intent and planning, which is a concern for police,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Williams. He described the crimes as “violent and organised attacks”, and has pledged to use every resource available to further investigations.

Anyone with any information can please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

SYDNEY TAXI SHOOTING

October 21, 2012—A taxi driver in Sydney’s southwest told Bankstown police he had been involved in a shooting outside a unit complex on Fairmount Street, Lakemba.

“Multiple shots were fired at the driver’s taxi cab…”

 

Multiple shots were fired at the driver’s taxi cab, mainly through the taxi’s passenger side doors.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, which occurred around 11pm. Forensic officers yielded several bullet casings from the area.

“further investigations regarding the Sydney taxi shooting…”

 

Detectives from Campsie Local Area Command are pooling resources with officers attached to Operation Spartan and the South West Metropolitan Region to conduct further investigations regarding the Sydney taxi shooting.

Sydney Taxi Cab Versus Lamborghini

On the 15th of May 2011 a female Sydney taxi driver has collided with a $400,000 black Lamborghini in Sydney’s west just near the popular cafe strip of Norton Street, Leichhard.

“jumped the median strip before colliding with the Sydney taxi…”

 

At approximately 2am, the super car had apparently jumped the median strip before colliding with the Sydney taxi. The female taxi driver had been trapped for nearly one hour before emergency services had to cut her free from the wreckage. Apart from a broken leg, the taxi driver had suffered a broken leg from the incident and was in a stable condition.

“The female taxi driver had been trapped for nearly one hour…”

 

The 22 year old driver of the super car had remained unharmed along, however his 26 year old male passenger suffered minor chest injuries and was taken to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for treatment.

Police were asking for witnesses of the accident and it was alleged that one witness said that the driver of the super car was “showing off”.

However anyone reading this would probably doubt that a young driver of an exotic sports car driving along a popular cafe strip would be “showing off”.

 

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