Police hunt for alleged robbery ring
POLICE are hunting members of an alleged robbery ring responsible for stealing more than $2.5million worth of jewellery in Sydney.
Detectives formed Strike Force Warbrick in June this year to investigate a series of robberies targeting employees in the wholesale jewellery industry.
Police suspect a professional robbery ring with international links is behind the string of offences committed over a five-month period in inner Sydney.
One person has been arrested and remains before the court, but detectives believe a number of other people could be involved.
Images of the suspects have now been released.
Detective Inspector Damian Beaufils from the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad said the three males depicted in the footage were of South American appearance and aged in their mid to late 20s.
He said at least five people were believed to working together.
"These were clearly targeted robberies which had been carefully orchestrated and our inquiries to date suggest they are the work of a criminal gang with international links," Det Insp Beaufils said
"We also believe the group, involving up to five people, has a thorough knowledge of the industry and a propensity to violence in order to commit the crime."
Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Robberies linked to the group:
- A bag containing a substantial sum of cash was snatched from a vehicle parked at Canley Vale on March 16. The owner gave chase but was unsuccessful;
- Jewellery valued at $35,000 was stolen from a vehicle parked at a shopping centre in Campbelltown on April 17.
- Two men were robbed of jewellery valued at $640,000 as they walked through a car park in Haberfield on April 21.
- A man was robbed of jewellery valued at $200,000 after being punched repeatedly in the face at Killara on May 30.
- Jewellery valued at $1 million was stolen from a motel room at Ryde on June 6.
- Two men were robbed of jewellery valued at $740,000 after being threatened with pistols on Dickson Street, Haberfield, on June 12.
- An amount of jewellery was stolen from a car parked at a Campbelltown shopping centre on July 11. The value of the jewellery is yet to be determined.