Detectives appeal for information to recover stolen police firearm

Police have released CCTV as part of an appeal for information to locate police-issued equipment, including a firearm, stolen during a series of thefts from parked cars in Sydney’s west.

Detectives from Rosehill Local Area Command commenced an investigation after reports parked vehicles had been broken into at Rydalmere between 9pm on Tuesday 10 October 2017 and 5.30am on Wednesday 11 October 2017.

Police were told a variety of property had been stolen, including police-issued equipment.

Detectives located a black BMW parked in Brooklyn Street, Burwood, which had allegedly been stolen during a break-in at The Ponds.

A crime scene was established and examined by specialist forensic officers.

As a result of inquiries, five people have been arrested and charged. They remain before the courts.

Following further investigations, police identified a second vehicle – a white Lexus NX300H – which is believed to be linked to the incidents.

The Lexus, which was allegedly stolen from a home at Roselands in late September 2017, was located parked on Hewison Avenue, Green Valley, on Saturday 21 October 2017.

Police seized the Lexus, which was examined by specialist forensic officers.

As their inquiries continue, Strike Force Niblo detectives have released CCTV of the Lexus captured on the days around the thefts at Rydalmere.

Investigators have released CCTV captured at a service station at Bass Hill in the early hours of Monday 9 October 2017, driving along Wilson Road, Green Valley, between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesday 11 October 2017, and at a service station near Bankstown Airport about 10pm the same night.

In addition, they have released CCTV of the Lexus and BMW together in a drive-thru at Hurlstone Park in the afternoon of Tuesday 10 October 2017.

Rosehill Local Area Commander, Detective Acting Superintendent Jason Weinstein, said investigators believe the CCTV may trigger a memory of someone who was in the area at the time.

“Investigators are still tracking the movements of the cars over the three-day period, but we believe both the Lexus and BMW were in the Rydalmere area at the time of the thefts,” Det A/Supt Weinstein said.

“We are keen to identify all of the occupants of both vehicles, as we believe they have information that would assist us to locate the police-issued property.

“It is also likely there are people who know about the thefts but weren’t in the area that night, and we are keen to speak to them too.”

Det A/Supt Weinstein added that the priority of the investigation is to locate the police firearm.

“Police are concerned when any firearm makes its way to unauthorised hands, and this incident causes us serious concern. We are determined to locate it as soon as possible,” Det A/Supt Weinstein said.

“We would urge anyone with information that will lead to the retrieval of the firearm to contact us immediately – or if you are now in possession of it, I’d suggest you hand it in before we come to get it.”

A separate investigation is being conducted by the Professional Standards Command in relation to the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Niblo investigators to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via social media pages.

Source: NSW Police

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