Police renew appeal into $1.7m cigarette heist

POLICE investigating the commercial theft of $1.7 million worth of cigarettes from warehouses across Sydney’s west have today released new CCTV images as they renew their appeal for public assistance.

The Property Crime Squad established Strike Force Oribi earlier this year to investigate a number of break and enters at a warehouse at Woodpark Road, Smithfield, in Sydney’s west, between March 2014 and May 2015.

Police say during the 14-month period, there were six break and enters or attempted break and enters upon the premises, with offenders stealing commercial quantities of cigarettes on four of those occasions.


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The total value of the cigarettes stolen is estimated to be about $1.7 million.

Police are now trying to locate a maroon-coloured Ford Falcon they believe is linked to at least one of the incidents.

They have today released CCTV images of the car being used in a petrol drive-off at a Wentworthville service station in the early hours of Saturday 23 May 2015.

Police have confirmed that the number plates on the vehicle were stolen.

The same car is then seen in the vicinity of Bills Quality Kitchens at Guilford that night during the theft of a Pantech truck, which police believe was later used to transport stolen cigarettes from the warehouse at Smithfield.

The stolen truck is seen on CCTV travelling east on Woodpark Road, Smithfield, sometime between 8pm on Saturday 23 May 2015 and 4am on Sunday 24 May 2015.

It was recovered by police on Strickland Road, Guildford, on the Sunday and has undergone forensic examination.

Inquiries are continuing and strike force detectives are awaiting the results of forensic data located and seized from the Smithfield warehouse.

Anyone with information about the Ford Falcon are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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