Stolen ute linked to ram-raids

DETECTIVES investigating two ram-raids in the Shoalhaven have released images of a vehicle they believe was used in the robberies.

Just after 3am on Thursday, April 10, a white late-model Toyota Hilux dual cab utility was stolen from Booderee National Park in Jervis Bay. 

Along with the ute, a blue trailer with an attached hydraulic lift was stolen.

At the time of the theft, another white-coloured ute was captured on CCTV leaving the area with the stolen vehicle. 

About 4.15am the same day (Thursday, April 10), a service station was broken into and a large safe containing cash taken along with a number of cartons of cigarettes. 

The property was seriously damaged.

Four days later – shortly after 5am on Monday, April 14 – two or three men in a white Toyota Hilux ute reversed through the front door of a Wandandian service station.

Two staff members, who interrupted the robbery, were threatened with the sledgehammer and chain, before the men – who were disguised by black clothing and balaclavas – left the scene after stealing an ATM.

They were last seen heading north on the Princes Highway.

Detectives from the Shoalhaven Local Area Command formed Strike Force Lagul to investigate the ram-raid robberies and believe the same group is responsible for both offences.

Anyone with information about the incidents can call Nowra Police on 4421 9699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

SUSPECT: Police investigating two ram-raids in the Shoalhaven have released images of a car they believe may be involved.

SUSPECT: Police investigating two ram-raids in the Shoalhaven have released images of a car they believe may be involved.

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