Police investigating after a carjacking at gunpoint – Figtree

Police are appealing for information from the community following a daylight carjacking at gunpoint in the Illawarra this morning.

Just before 10am (Tuesday 9 April 2019), officers from Wollongong Police District were contacted following reports a man had been carjacked on St George Avenue, Figtree.

On arrival, police were told the man was approached by another man, who was armed with a handgun, and made threats before stealing a silver Range Rover.

Local police commenced a large-scale search with the assistance of Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and PolAir, and the Range Rover was located unattended at Berkeley about 11am.

The car has since been seized and will undergo an extensive forensic examination.

An investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the incident and police are appealing for information for the community to locate the man.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his early 40s, about 182cm tall, with a chubby build, short brown hair, and unshaven.

At the time of the incident, he was wearing a grey jumper and a black baseball cap.

Police encourage anyone who may know the man, or who has information about his whereabouts to contact Wollongong detectives or Crime Stoppers.

Members of the public are reminded that if the man is sighted, they should not approach him, instead contact Triple Zero (000).

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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