Police hunting ‘caped’ armed robber following spate of break-ins

Police are appealing for help to identify a mystery caped robber following a string of break-ins in NSW.

A special strike force has been set up to investigate the break-ins, which happened at businesses in Orange between June and July this year.

Just after 5.00am on Saturday 29 June, a man wearing a black cape forced entry to the front door of a licensed premises at Bloomfield.


In CCTV footage obtained by detectives, the man can be seen attempting to steal a machine from the reception area of the business, before fleeing without the machine.

Two weeks later, a person wearing a black cape and face covering gained entry to a business on Peisley Street at Orange where they attempted to open an ATM for about an hour before leaving empty handed.

In the third case, a man wearing a cape and face covering threatened and bound an employee at a hotel on Bathurst Road at Orange in the early hours of Saturday July 20.

Police say the man was wielding a hunting knife and rifle as he ordered the victim into a separate room, before attempting to open an ATM and poker machines.

He was last seen jumping a fence beside the hotel carpark backing onto the railway line and walking down the rail corridor.

Investigators have since released CCTV footage as they continue to investigate the incidents and urge anyone with information to come forward.



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