About 1.30pm on Sunday, May 16, Katoomba hospital received a call from a man who said that he had placed three bombs in the building. Hospital staff and security conducted a search of the public areas and called police. An investigation led police to suspect a 55-year-old man from Sutherland, who was suspected of making similar calls and threats at four other locations in the Sydney area. Detectives went to his home and arrested and charged the man. The offence of "use carriage service to make hoax threat" carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.
At 8am on Wednesday, May 12, a 14-year-old boy from Lawson was on a westbound train with his bicycle. A group of four to five male teenagers and one female teenager approached him. One of the males produced a small knife, pointed it at the victim and demanded his bike. The victim refused and the female attempted to take the bike from him. He resisted and a friend of his intervened. The offenders then left the train at Wentworth Falls train station. Police are seeking witnesses, as well as anyone who may have phone footage, to contact Katoomba police on 4782 8199 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
In the early hours of Sunday, May 9, a 40-year-old woman from Blaxland drove into a service station in Glenbrook, parking her car in an awkward position. She went into the service station to buy something then returned to her vehicle. She was breath tested by police, returning a positive result. A later test at Springwood Police Station recorded a reading of 0.268 and she was charged. It was her second high range drink driving offence.
Early on Friday morning, May 7, a 35-year-old Lawson man ran a red light in Katoomba. He was stopped by police, failed a roadside breath test and was taken to Katoomba police station where he returned a reading of 0.239. He was issued with a court attendance notice and his licence suspended.
Break and enters
On Thursday, May 6, and Sunday, May 9, several unknown offenders broke into two different stores in Glenbrook. In both incidents the front door window was smashed. Any witnesses or anyone with footage is asked to contact Springwood Police on 4751 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
On Thursday evening, May 6,a 57-year-old and a 23-year-old, both from Warrimoo, and a 36-year-old from Lethbridge Park and 29-year-old from Hazelbrook were in the gaming room of a licensed premises in Springwood. An argument between two of the men became a physical fight with punching. The other men tried to intervene and also got involved. Police had to use their OC spray to stop the fight. All four were charged with affray.