Police are appealing for public assistance to identify a trail bike rider who may assist with their inquiries after a stolen police firearm was recovered at south-west Sydney earlier this year.
Detectives from Cumberland Police commenced an investigation under Strike Force Niblo following reports parked vehicles had been broken into at Rydalmere between 9pm on Tuesday October 10 and 5.30am on Wednesday October 11.
Police were told a variety of property had been stolen, including a police-issued firearm.
As a result of inquiries, detectives located and seized a stolen BMW and a stolen Lexus, which were examined by specialist forensic officers.
Strike force investigators were contacted by police from Liverpool Police on Wednesday January 31, after the stolen police firearm was located outside Green Valley PCYC on Cartwright Avenue, Miller.
Initial inquiries revealed the firearm, which was wrapped in material, was thrown by an unknown person toward the front door of PCYC just after 6.30pm that day.
The firearm was examined at the scene by specialist forensic officers, before being taken for ballistic examination.
As investigations continue, Strike Force Niblo detectives have released CCTV of a trail bike rider, who they believe may be able to assist with inquiries.
The person depicted appears to be male, with a slim build and wearing all black clothing. The person is riding a black trail bike with gold rims.
Cumberland Police Crime Manager, Detective Acting Inspector Andrew Mackay, appealed to the community for assistance to identify the bike and its rider.
“The rims on the bike are quite distinctive, but despite extensive inquiries, we have been unable to locate it,” he said.
“I hope the rider will come forward. Otherwise, investigators are confident someone will recognise the bike and help us track down the rider.
“While we are pleased the firearm has been returned, we are still committed to tracking its movements from the theft to its return.”
Detective Inspector Mackay added that one gun in the wrong hands is a serious concern to police.
“Anyone who is involved in the unauthorised possession, or illicit supply of firearms poses a significant risk to the safety of the community.”
- Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Niblo investigators to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.