Two major pizza chains are the targets of a burglary that robbed 15 businesses in western Sydney over 10 days, police say.
The alleged crime spree began about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, when a Volkswagen Golf pulled up in front of a Domino’s on Dunmore Street in Wentworthville. Police allege that Jacob Sutherland and Aime Pham parked the hatchback and broke into the store, bypassing the pizzas and pepperoni, and went straight to the safe to steal money.
Later that same day, the pair allegedly hit another Domino’s, this time in Northmead, again to steal money.
Over the next 10 days, police allege the pair broke into and stole money from 13 pizza takeout businesses – Pizza Huts in Wentworthville, Bonnyrigg and Merrylands, and Domino’s stores in Toongabbie, Fairfield Heights, Cecil Hills, North Parramatta, Blacktown, North Ryde, Carnes Hill, Wetherill Park, Belmore and Croydon Park.
A police source not authorized to comment publicly said the pair were tracked down through “old-fashioned policing” by local officers from the Blacktown and Fairfield City proactive crime squads, who searched through CCTV, identified the modus operandi and identified the points. connected.
The alleged crime spree came to an end at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Prospect Hotel Motel, when police raided the room where the couple had holed up. Officers seized clothing, cell phones and $3,000 in cash that will be forensically examined.
Sutherland, 30, and Pham, 27, were arrested in the hotel room and taken to the Blacktown police station, where they were each charged with 17 counts of aggravated burglary and housebreaking and stealing an amount less than $60,000.
Exactly why the pair allegedly targeted the pizza chains is unclear. Police could not say if there was any connection between any of the suspects and Domino’s or Pizza Hut. Nor did they want to confirm the total figure reportedly taken from the franchises.