Three Sydney kidnappings linked: police

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A 22-year-old man has been charged with more than a dozen offences after he was linked to three alleged kidnappings across Sydney.

Police allege the man, from Regents Park in Sydney's west, was involved in abductions in the city's south, southwest and northwest in 2020 and 2021.

He was arrested on Wednesday in a dawn raid by strike force detectives and Raptor Squad officers, then charged with kidnapping and other offences including break and enter and possessing an unauthorised pistol.

The man was refused bail and appeared at Burwood Local Court on Wednesday.

His arrest came after investigations by Strike Force Pepis, launched after the alleged kidnapping of a man from Punchbowl in March last year.

The 30-year-old was confronted by a group of men at his home about 9.45pm then dragged onto the street and forced into a van, police say.

The man returned home two days later and did not require hospital treatment, with the initial investigation handled by Campsie police.

Later investigations by Strike Force Pepis allegedly found links between the March 21 kidnapping and two other incidents in Dundas Valley and San Souci.

Police allege a man posing as a pizza delivery driver visited a Dundas Valley home in February 2020, before he was followed inside by three other men.

Once inside the men allegedly assaulted a 58-year-old, knocking him unconscious before he was carried to a vehicle outside and driven away.

The 58-year-old arrived at Liverpool Hospital two days later suffering facial injuries and leg fractures.

A 26-year-old man was charged over the incident under investigations by Strike Force Kaeppel.

In another incident at San Souci, a group of men forced entry to home on June 2021, and bundled a 44-year-old man into a vehicle.

The 44-year-old was found at Padstow later that day with minor injuries.

Four men - aged 21, 23, 24 and 31 - were charged over the incident through investigations by Strike Force Bennison.

Their cases remain before the courts.

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