Detectives are appealing for information as investigations continue into armed robberies in Sydney’s west and inner west.
Strike Force Tintaldra was established by detectives from the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad to investigate a series of five armed robberies during a seven-week period, which are believed to be linked.
The first incident occurred about 11.45pm on Monday 20 November 2017, at a restaurant on Canley Vale Road, Canley Vale. A man armed with a firearm entered, threatened an employee and obtained cash before leaving the area.
About 1.25am on Saturday 9 December 2017, a man armed with a firearm entered a pizza store on Woodville Road, Fairfield East. The man threatened four employees, before stealing cash and leaving. One of the employees was punched in the chest during the incident.
About 12.25am on Thursday 14 December 2017, a man armed with a firearm entered a pizza store on The Boulevard, Strathfield. The armed man threatened a number of employees and stole cash. He fled on foot.
About 11.30pm on Sunday 17 December 2017, as staff members were closing a pizza store on Concord Road, North Strathfield, a man armed with a firearm entered the store. The man threatened the employees, before stealing cash and leaving on foot.
The fifth incident was reported after a man working at a pizza restaurant was shot about 1.30am yesterday (Sunday 7 January 2018). Police have been told the 21-year-old man was working at the fast food outlet on Dunmore Street, Wentworthville, when a man armed with a gun entered and demanded cash. Following a confrontation, the armed man ran from the area.
As their inquiries continue, Strike Force Tintaldra investigators have released a CCTV image of a man they believe may be able to assist with further inquiries.
The vision depicts the man as being aged in his 20s or 30s with a slim to average build. The image is from the Wentworthville incident.
Detectives are appealing for anyone who may know the man depicted in the vision, or motorists who may have been in the area with dash cam vision relevant to the investigation, to come forward.
Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Tintaldra investigators to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
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Source: NSW Police