NSW police lay charges over attempted ram-raids of Auburn jewellery store

A man will face court today after being charged as part of investigations into two recent attempted ram-raids on a southwestern Sydney business.

Detectives from Auburn Police Area Command commenced an investigation after a Hino truck reversed into the front of a jewellery shop on Auburn Road, Auburn, about 12.45am on Sunday 31 January 2021.

Their initial inquiries revealed that another vehicle had been waiting nearby and picked up the male driver of the Hino, which had been stolen from Strathfield the day prior.

Just before 5am on Tuesday 2 February 2021, the same store was targeted by another stolen Hino truck attempting to reverse through the front. The male driver again fled the scene prior to police arrival.

Crime scenes were established after each incident and specialist forensic officers conducted various examinations and analysis.

Following extensive inquiries, Auburn detectives – assisted by the Raptor Squad – executed a search warrant at a home at Greenacre about 6.45am today (Thursday 25 February 2021).

During the search, police seized a number of items relevant to the investigation, as well as a wallet containing various cards and identification, and a variety of tools, which were suspected of being stolen.

Inquiries revealed the wallet and tools were reported stolen overnight along with a Toyota Hilux.

The Hilux, which had significant ignition damage, was located nearby and seized for forensic examination.

A 34-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Auburn Police Station, where he was charged with face disguised with intent commit indictable offence, destroy or damage property, larceny, steal motor vehicle, attempt steal motor vehicle, and take and drive conveyance without consent of owner.

He has been refused bail to appear at Burwood Local Court today.

Investigations into the incidents are continuing.

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