The Hunter Valley Police District (HVPD) say they are "optimistic" they will find the four men allegedly responsible for a crime spree across the Upper Hunter.
Police say four men stole a car from Port Macquarie on Sunday evening and then drove to the Upper Hunter where starting at Wingen they stole vehicles, broke into homes, burnt out cars, started a police chase down the New England Highway and attempted to break into more homes in the Singleton area on Monday night.
HVPD Crime Manager Detective Inspector Matthew Zimmer said they also think the four men are linked to an armed robbery in Rutherford.
"The link to these males is a white Hyundai Tuscon sedan that they were travelling in but unfortunately that vehicle was burnt out so we can't get any forensic evidence from it but that vehicle was stolen from Port Macquarie on Sunday 2nd May, so it's believed the males have traveled from Port Macquaire through Walcha and Tamworth at some stage on Monday before making their way to Wingen," he said.
"Members of the community who may have seen a group of males in this white Tuscon sedan acting suspiciously, or congregating in particular areas or service stations at some stage on Monday 3rd May that's what we're interested in."
The vehicle that police started to pursue from Scone down the New England Highway was found at Camberwell on Alpha Street after attempts had been made to set the vehicle on fire.
About the same time, police were told a Nissan X-Trail – with NSW rego BI 01 ST – had been stolen from a home on the same street.
"That stolen Nissan X-Trail we are investigating some possible links to that car being used in an armed robbery at the Rutherford Hotel that occurred just after 11:30 on the Monday night," said Detective Inspector Zimmer.
"We got some information at about 9:20pm last night that Nissan x-trail was recovered in Lumear, and that's a suburb in Sydney near Liverpool so they've traveled some distance. That vehicle was also located intact so we have subjected that to a forensic examination, we've got a team of detectives working on this, we're following a number of lines of inquiry so we are actually quite optimistic that we will be able to identify these offenders, and gather sufficient evidence to charge them and put them before the courts," he said.
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 information via NSW Police social media pages.
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