Police are appealing for information after property believed to be stolen during recent bushfires was discovered following a search warrant on the state’s south coast.
About 3pm today (Friday 10 January) officers from South Coast Police District and the Southern Region Enforcement Squad executed a search warrant at a home in Narooma, following reports of looting in the South Coast area.
Police located and seized a number of electrical items believed to be stolen during recent bushfires.
South Coast Police District Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Scott Nelson said police will continue to investigate and act on reports of looting across the South Coast.
“We have a large police presence in bushfire affected areas – day and night - to provide support to local communities. Part of this support is ensuring that people are not looting,” Detective Inspector Nelson said.
“I want to urge members of the community – if you see something, say something. If you have suspicions at all and wish to report a crime, don’t hesitate – contact police or Crime Stoppers.
“Information provided to police from members of the public can help us identify and take legal action against those who are targeting our most vulnerable communities.”
The NSW Police Force is providing a high-visibility presence to deter criminal activity throughout the current bushfire emergency and assist other emergency services to ensure bushfire-affected areas are safe for the community to return as quickly as possible.
Local police numbers have been bolstered by officers from specialist commands to conduct regular patrols throughout bushfire-affected areas.
Inquiries are continuing.
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.