Police have charged two people following investigations into multiple break-ins across the Blue Mountains and Sydney in recent weeks.
The series of incidents began in early February 2018 and included homes in Faulconbridge and Blaxland.
At about 3pm on Friday, March 2, officers from Nepean Police Area Command were patrolling an area around Emu Plains when they allegedly saw two people loading some items into a vehicle.
Police approached a 29-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man.
As a result of inquiries, the pair were arrested and taken to Penrith Police Station.
The man was charged with break and enter dwelling a house with intent (five accounts), and aggravated break and enter dwelling in company (three accounts). He was refused bail to appear before Penrith Local Court on March 7.
The woman was charged with drug possession, break and enter dwelling with intent (two accounts), and break and enter while dwelling (three accounts). She was granted conditional bail to appear before Penrith Local Court on March 7.
In other news, police are reviewing CCTV footage from Springwood followed a bout of malicious damage to shops along Macquarie Road last Friday evening.
Between the hours of 7pm on Friday March 3 and 7am Saturday, a number of businesses “sustained malicious damage to their windows, with several words being etched into the shopfronts,” police said.
Blue Mountains Detective Chief Inspector Dietmar Almer said the overall damage was likely to be several thousand dollars.
Police have asked anyone who may have seen the offenders, or have knowledge of their identities, to contact Springwood Police.
Meanwhile Blue Mountains police have issued a warning to a 48-year-old Strathfield man who was flying a drone above Echo Point Lookout. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority [CASA] is now also investigating the incident.
Between 11.55am and 10pm on Sunday March 4, Blue Mountains Rescue operators were patrolling Echo Point Lookout when they were approached by concerned members of the public regarding the use of a drone in the area.
Police found the drone operator at the top of the lookout. He was flying the drone about three to four metres above the heads of members of the public.
He landed the drone and advised police he was vaguely aware of CASA regulations existing regarding the lawful use of drones in public, however did not know any of them. Police have referred the matter to CASA who will review and determine any action as a result of the incident.