Despite being told to stop panic buying, it seems some people are still desperate to get their hands on some toilet paper…
Police have released images of two men that they wish to speak to following a toilet paper robbery spree across Sydney over the weekend.
They are asking for public assistance in identifying the men following thefts and attempted thefts at supermarkets in Sydney’s south on Sunday evening.
According to NSW police, two men attended supermarkets in Granville, Auburn Bass Hill and Lidcombe on Sunday March 22 between 7pm and 8:30pm, where they accessed storage areas restricted to customers.
The pair allegedly took multiple packs of toilet paper from the Granville and Auburn stores but left empty handed from the Bass Hill and Lidcombe stores.
Police report that one of the men also threatened an employee with a knife at the Auburn store.
An investigation has been launched and public assistance is now required to help identify the men that police believe will be able to assist with inquiries.
The first man is described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, aged in his 30s, around 185-190cm tall and with tattoos on his arms. He was wearing a grey collard shirt with blue track pants.
The second man is described as being about 175-180cm tall, slim build, aged between 30-35 and was seen wearing black ‘adidas’ pants and a camouflaged hoodie.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, has urged anyone with information to please come forward.
“I support any measures taken by police to protect our communities from this sort of disgraceful criminal activity, ” he said.
“The people of NSW will not tolerate criminal behaviour at any time let alone during this crisis.
“People need to grow up and look out for our most vulnerable.”
Anyone who may have been in those areas at the time of the robberies and noticed any suspicious activity is also being asked to come forward.
If you have any information please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.