NSW:Police probe designer ram raids for links
People browsing online shopping site eBay have been asked to inform police if they come across suspiciously cheap designer goods, following a Sydney ram raid.
Police are investigating whether the brazen robbery of the Prada store on Tuesday is linked to recent thefts of high-end goods.
Superintendent Murray Reynolds said the theft at the Castlereagh St store was similar to a ram raid at a Camilla Franks boutique at Paddington on September 24.
"We have no information at this stage that this offence is linked to other similar-type offences, but it is an avenue of investigation that we will certainly follow up," Supt Reynolds told reporters on Tuesday.
According to several witnesses, a dark coloured sedan - believed to be of European or Japanese make - reversed into the store at 1am (AEDT) on Tuesday before two men in dark clothing filled the boot with Prada accessories.
The theft was over in a number of minutes and the men drove away.
"I'd call it brazen," Supt Reynolds said.
Police were unable to confirm the market value of the stolen goods, or the extent of the damage to the storefront.
CCTV footage showed the men were also waring dark facial disguises.
Detectives will scour websites such as eBay to see if the stolen goods turn up online.
"If people do see cheap fashion accessories, if it looks cheap, and it smells like a rat, it generally is a rat," Supt Reynolds said.
"We would appreciate it if that information is passed on."
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.