CCTV footage has been released of an armed robbery and a separate aggravated break and enter in Sydney’s west and north-west last year, as police appeal for more information with the two incidents potentially linked.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad are now investigating both under Strike Force Karabin, and have identified that both men wore similar clothing during the separate incidents.
The first incident took place in Sydney’s west on November 21, when police were called to a hotel on Rooty Hill Road North, Plumpton, around 4.30pm following reports of an armed robbery.
Police have been told two of the men – one of whom was armed with a pistol – threatened several staff members before stealing a cash register and exiting the premises.
Police say the two men then fled the area in a stolen grey Holden Caprice.
Several patrons and staff were inside the hotel during the robbery, although all were uninjured.
Addressing media on Wednesday, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Smith said, “The incident was very traumatic and terrifying to the patrons, particularly in the staff working at the hotel at the time of the robbery.
“They don’t expect to be confronted by males armed with firearms just when they’re going about the usual business.”
The second batch of CCTV images relate to an incident just before 1am the following day, where two men forced entry to a supermarket in Dural and stole packets of cigarettes from a locked cabinet before fleeing.
Inspector Smith told NewsLocal while there was no firearm visible in the CCTV footage of the cigarette robbery, nor were staff confronted with a firearm, police weren’t ruling it out.
A lone female staff member was inside the Allan Way store at the time and although shaken, was not injured, and contacted police.
Detectives have released CCTV images and are appealing for information from the public over both incidents.
The first man is escribed as being of a solid build, and depicted wearing grey track pants, black jumper, bright yellow and green shoes, white gloves, and a white full-face covering.
The second man is described as being of a solid build, and depicted wearing black track pants, a white long-sleeved shirt, dark coloured gloves, and a white full-face covering. Inspector Smith said nothing suggests the two men were on a crime spree in the period beyond the robberies, and that police have been investigating them as linked for some time.