Police are appealing for information and have now released CCTV as investigations continue into two jewellery store thefts in the state’s west earlier this month.
Shortly after 11pm on Saturday 3 July 2021, police were called to a business on Summer Street, Orange, after reports entry had been forced into a jewellery store.
CCTV footage depicts two unknown males smashing several glass display counters and taking a large quantity of jewellery.
The two males fled the scene in a silver Kia Motor Sportage hatchback, which had been reported stolen.
Officers attached to Central West Police District established a crime scene and commenced an investigation.
Just before 6.30am the following day (Sunday 4 July 2021), officers attached to Orana Mid-Western Police District attended a shopping centre on Cobra Street, Dubbo, following reports of a ram raid.
Police believe a vehicle was used to smash glass entry doors into the centre and the roller door of a jewellery store.
The inside of the jewellery store was extensively damaged, with display cabinets smashed and jewellery stolen.
A crime scene was established, and detectives commenced an investigation, with initial inquiries suggesting links between the two incidents.
About 11.30am the same day, the Kia Sportage was located in the driveway of a home on Elizabeth Street, Wellington, and was seized for forensic examination.
Detectives believe the same vehicle was used in both incidents and have now released CCTV to appeal for community assistance.
Anyone who may have seen the vehicle or anything suspicious in the surrounding areas are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.