Robbers steal 500 toilet rolls from supermarket stores during coronavirus crisis
The hunt is on for a pair of raiders who stole more than 500 rolls of toilet paper in a string of burglaries at Woolworths supermarkets in Australia.
Police said the men have targeted four branches in Sydney on Sunday between 7pm and 8.30pm to steal the rolls amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In one break-in at a store in Auburn, police said one of the men threatened a shop worker with a knife.
The pair are claimed to have raided the store’s restricted storage areas to steal the toilet paper and carried out an identical theft at a branch in Granville.
They are said to have also targeted stores in nearby Bass Hill and Lidcombe but left empty-handed.
Police have issued the image of two men they would like to speak to in connection with the thefts.
The first is described as being of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern appearance, about 185-190cm tall, aged in his 30s, with a solid build.
He has tattooed arms and was wearing a grey polo shirt with blue track pants.
The second suspect is around 175-180cm tall with a slim build, aged between 30-35, and was wearing black Adidas pants and a camouflage hooded jumper.
New South Wales Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott urged anyone with information to come forward.
He said: “I support any measures taken by police to protect our communities from this sort of disgraceful criminal activity, ” he said.
“The people of NSW will not tolerate criminal behaviour at any time let alone during this crisis.
“People need to grow up and look out for our most vulnerable.”
There are more than 2,000 cases of coronavirus in Australia and eight deaths.