Police have released CCTV images and are appealing for public assistance as investigations continue into the theft of ‘smart’ watches from retail stores.
Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District launched an investigation after three males took 12 ‘smart’ watches from a store at a Charlestown shopping centre on Wednesday 18 September 2019.
Officers from Kuring Gai Police Area Command were notified of a second incident on Wednesday 2 October 2019, after 17 watches were stolen from a store at a Hornsby shopping centre.
Investigators have been told; however, that the items are only display models with very limited functionality despite appearing identical.
They are warning members of the public – who may be offered the watches for sale – to exercise caution and ensure they ask for proof-of-purchase before proceeding with a transaction, online or otherwise.
Initial inquiries suggest the incidents are linked and investigators are now releasing CCTV images of three males who may be able to assist with their investigation.
The first male is described as being Caucasian appearance, about 18-20 years old, of a medium build, and with a dark beard and moustache.
He is depicted wearing a white t-shirt, black hooded jacket, cream coloured pants, and an orange cap.
The second male is described as being Caucasian appearance, about 18-20 years old, of a medium build, and with short brown hair.
He is depicted wearing a black hooded jumper, black pants, and is seen carrying a black backpack.
The third male is described as being Caucasian appearance, 15-17 years old, of a slim build, and with short dark hair.
He is depicted wearing a black hooded jumper, and black pants with white stripes down each leg.
Anyone with information about this incident 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.