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Police have charged a suspect in connection with a spate of overnight break-ins at Sydney shopping centres, which saw $750,000 in jewellery stolen.
Police have charged a suspect in connection with a spate of overnight break-ins at Sydney shopping centres, which saw $750,000 in jewellery stolen.

Jewellery store heists: man charged

A 43-year-old man has been charged with a range of offences related to the dramatic burglaries of jewellery stores across Sydney’s Hills District.

Police allege the man is responsible for nine burglaries committed between 20 May and 25 December 2019, in which he broke into shopping centres in Baulkham Hills, North Rocks, and Winston Hills at night by cutting holes in the roof.

He is alleged to have stolen jewellery valued at $750,000, as well as cash, from stores inside the centres.

The man is also suspected to have attempted to break into a North Rocks shopping centre in the early hours of 6 January 2020, using the same rooftop method.

Jeweller previously reported on the Mission: Impossible-style heist at Alexander Jewellers in North Rocks on 4 August last year, in which jewellery pieces valued at $300,000 were stolen.

The suspect was arrested at 6.30am on Wednesday 8 January at a residential address in Baulkham Hills. He was refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Local Court later that day.

During the course of the raid, officers seized earrings, watches, necklaces, and bracelets, believed to be stolen.

The arrest was the culmination of investigations by Strike Force Kokanee, established by NSW State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad.

 

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Arabella Roden is assistant editor of Jeweller. She has nine years media experience in Australia and the UK as journalist and sub-editor

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