Police release COMFIT images as investigations continue into aggravated robbery - Byrock

Thursday, 21 October 2021 04:31:18 AM

Detectives have released COMFIT images of two men, and CCTV of a vehicle, as investigations continue into an alleged aggravated robbery in the state’s north-west last year.

About 1.20pm on Friday 3 January 2020, officers attached to Central North Police District were called to a remote property in Byrock, about 110km south of Bourke, following reports of an aggravated robbery.

A 75-year-old man suffered serious injuries and was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Bourke Hospital for treatment. He has since recovered.

The man was injured after allegedly being tied to a chair and assaulted by three men, who stole a number of items before fleeing the location.

Local detectives established Strike Force Kinilibah to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and have been assisted throughout the investigation by detectives attached to State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad.

So far during the investigation, a 27-year-old man has been charged over his alleged involvement in the incident and remains before the courts.

As part of ongoing inquiries, police have released COMFIT images of two men they believe may be able to assist with inquiries. Both are described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance.

Additionally, investigators have released CCTV images of a blue Toyota Aurion believed to have been driven by the men.

Robbery and Serious Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Andrew Koutsoufis, urged people to look closely at the vehicle, as well as the COMFIT images of the two men.

“We have reason to believe these men were not from the Bourke area and travelled to the location using the vehicle depicted in the CCTV,” Det Supt Koutsoufis said.

“As such, investigators are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area at the time – as well as residents of Greater Sydney – to come forward if they recognise this car or its occupants.”

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Kinilibah investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.