Flemington police are appealing for information from the public after several truck exhaust pipes worth thousands of dollars were stolen from vehicles over the last six months, including at Smithfield and WetherillPark.
Since August 31 officers have got reports of stolen truck-exhaust systems and/or catalytic converters, with trucks also being targeted at Auburn, ChesterHill, Granville, Greenacre, Homebush, Regents Park, Rydalmere and Silverwater.
The trucks, all Isuzu models have exhaust components that can cost between $3000 and $10,000 to replace.
During the incidents which have all occurred overnight, a 2010 white ToyotaCorolla has been seen nearby. One person stays in the car while a second person approaches the truck in question.
The Corolla has what appears to be a black stripe or body moulding running its length.
In one incident about 9.30pm on December 14, a white Toyota Camry sedan was seen near the location of one offence. It was also seen on January 16 near the location of another offence.
Investigators have released the image of a male (above) whom they believe may be able to help with inquiries. He is described as being of Caucasian appearance with dark hair and of average build.
Detective Chief Inspector BarryVincent, Flemington crime manager, said these incidents have major repercussions for many of the small-business owner/operators of these trucks.
“These incidents as well as being a financial burden also remove these trucks from the road while repairs are carried out,” he said. “This loss of time and income is extremely detrimental for small-business owners and large operators alike.
“I’m sure there’s someone in the community who knows about these particular incidents or others who’ve been offered discounted parts. I urge anyone with information to come forward.”
There is a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to an arrest.
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