NSW Police Force has joined Crime Stoppers Australia for Operation Roam 2015, to help track down wanted fugitives from across the country.
Police will use Facebook and Twitter to seek information from the community about a number of alleged offenders who may have left their state or territory and are now residing interstate.
This year, Crime Stoppers has compiled a list of 20 wanted people, including Brady Hamilton who is wanted over his alleged involvement in a homicide in western Sydney in 1999.
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Operational Communications & Information Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Barrie, said Operation Roam represents a national joint effort between Crime Stoppers, police and the wider community.
“Operation Roam sends a clear message that we are all working together – with the support of our community – to help capture some of the country’s most wanted people,” Assistant Commissioner Barrie said.
“Crime Stoppers has shown that even the smallest piece of information can be crucial to solving a crime or locating a wanted person.
“In fact the 2014 operation saw a 32-year-old man, who was wanted by Oxley Police over alleged assault and break and enter offences, arrested in North Melbourne,” Assistant Commissioner Barrie said.
“This year we’ll also be sharing information across our social media platforms, which have proven to be a very powerful communication tool.
“At the click of a button we can share pictures and information with hundreds of thousands of people in the community; tapping into a potential wealth of knowledge.
“We urge anyone in the community to come forward if you know something that can make NSW and Australia a safer place,” Assistant Commissioner Barrie said.
NSW Police Force is now appealing for information from the public to locate five wanted men as part of Operation Roam 2015.
Brady Hamilton, 47, is wanted by NSW detectives over his alleged involvement in a homicide in western Sydney on Wednesday 4 August 1999.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance with a fair complexion, about 185cm tall, with blue/grey-coloured eyes, ginger hair and of a medium build.
Taylor Ware, 30, is wanted by NSW detectives regarding an alleged aggravated break and enter and police pursuit, as well as alleged larceny, trespassing and stealing offences committed in Corindi, on the state’s north coast, between May and July 2014.
He’s described as being of Caucasian appearance with a fair complexion, about 180-185cm tall, with red hair, brown eyes and of a medium build.
Andrew Roos, 36, is wanted by NSW detectives over his alleged involvement in sexual and indecent assaults in Berkley Vale, on the state’s Central Coast, between 2013 and 2015.
He’s described as being of Caucasian appearance with a fair complexion, about 180cm tall, with brown/red hair, brown eyes and of a medium build.
Hisham Touba, 36, is wanted by NSW detectives over the alleged supply of prohibited drugs in Cabramatta in August 1999, and an alleged aggravated robbery, sexual assault and abduction at Prestons, in Sydney’s south west, on Saturday 1 December 2001.
He is described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, 187-193cm tall, with brown hair, brown eyes and of a medium build. At the time he was last seen, he had a goatee-style beard.
Geoffrey Wallace, 51, is wanted by NSW detectives over an alleged aggravated break and enter and assault in Corindi, on the north coast of NSW, on Thursday 5 June 2015.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 182cm tall, with brown/grey hair, brown eyes and of a medium build.
Further information on wanted people involved in Operation Roam 2015, can be found via: https://www.crimestopperswa.com.au/operationroam/
CEO of Crime Stoppers NSW, Peter Price OAM, said Crime Stoppers has shown to be a highly effective tool in enabling the community to help police solve crime and catch up with wanted fugitives that are on the run.
“Through Crime Stoppers, members of the public assist police to solve a crime every 14 minutes, somewhere in the world,” Mr Price said.
“Operation Roam is enlisting the Australian public’s help to capture people wanted over serious crimes, before any further offences are committed.
These people are living right here, amongst us, maybe even next door to you so please look at these photos carefully,” Mr Price said.
“We urge you to contact Crime Stoppers either by phone or website – where you can remain anonymous – if you think you know where these people are.
“Members of the community should not approach or attempt to apprehend a wanted person, but instead contact Triple Zero or Crime Stoppers immediately.”
Operation Roam was first launched in 2011 and follows the international success of Operation INFRA Red, in which Crime Stoppers and police in Australia and around the world coordinated a global fugitive hunt.