Wetherill Park Region Enforcement Squad Commander Detective Chief Inspector Shane Woolbank is appealing to the community for information to identify two men following a series of thefts and attempted thefts from Woolworths supermarkets in Sydney's south-west at the weekend.
Between 7pm and 8.30pm last Sunday (March 22), two men attended supermarkets in Granville, Auburn, Bass Hill and Lidcombe, and accessed restricted storage areas.
The pair appeared to be targeting toilet paper and stole multiple packs from the Granville and Auburn stores, however, left empty handed from the stores in Bass Hill and Lidcombe.
It was also reported that one of the men threatened an employee with a knife at the Auburn store.
Officers from Wetherill Park Region Enforcement Squad (RES) have commenced an investigation and are now appealing to the community for information.
Speaking outside Wetherill Park Police Station, Detective Chief Inspector Woolbank said one of the men is described as being in is 30s, about 185-190cm tall and a solid build wearing a grey polo top and blue pants. The second man is described as being 175-180cm tall and wearing distinctive Adidas pants and a camouflage hoodie top.
"This sort of behaviour is not going to be tolerated," he said.
"It's astonishing someone would deliberately target supermarkets knowing the situation we are in and try and steal toilet paper...these people are circumventing what lawful people are doing every day and they are stealing it our of the hands of the vulnerable and the people that need it.
"Police are appealing for anyone who knows the identify of these two males to contact Wetherill Park RES or Crime Stoppers...expect us to come through your door. This behaviour in this current climate is unacceptable."