POLICE are appealing for assistance after a motorist claims he was robbed at gunpoint while parked in Sydney’s west this morning.
The 33-year-old man told police he was sitting alone in his car parked on Shamrock Street at Smithfield about 2.30am when he heard footsteps approaching and then the sound of windows smashing.
He turned to see four males next to his car, one of whom started smashing the windows with a garden gnome.
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One of the men then unleashed a flurry of punches on the driver before producing what was believed to be a black gun.
The driver was punched again by the man before the group fled with cash from the driver’s wallet.
The driver returned to his house and contacted police who established a crime scene at the location and secured the victim’s car.
A garden gnome and a toy black pistol were found nearby and secured for forensic examination.
Fairfield detectives are conducting investigations into the robbery and are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the robbery to contact police.