OFFENDERS who stole sentimental Olympic medals during an armed break-and-enter this week are still on the run.
As detectives hunt the offenders responsible, they’ve made a public plea to track down the precious goods stolen during the break-in at the caravan park, off Armidale Road.
Four Australian Special Olympics including two gold, one silver and one bronze medal from the national games earlier this year were taken shortly after 5am on Tuesday.
Two offenders threatened the woman, who was visiting Tamworth, with a screwdriver and then stole the goods and the Hyundai i30 car.
Oxley Chief Inspector Phil O'Reilly told The Leader the medals hold “significant sentimental value” to the victims.
“I would hope that someone would come forward on the whereabouts of these Special Olympics medals,” he said.
Because of the significant sentimental value to the owner, we hope the public can provide some information to enable us quickly to recover them.- Oxley Chief Inspector Phil O'Reilly
“Because of the significant sentimental value to the owner, we hope the public can provide some information to enable us quickly to recover them.”
The victim’s car, which was used in a police pursuit that morning, has also been recovered in Lorraine Street in West Tamworth and forensically examined by officers.
“Detectives are continuing to follow all lines of inquiry,” Chief Inspector O’Reilly said.
“Forensic analysis is taking place on exhibits seized.”
Investigators are also probing links between a fuel theft at the BP Viaduct in the stolen car as well as multiple other crimes in the early-morning spree.
As part of the police investigation, a 19-year-old man was arrested in David Street Tamworth on Wednesday afternoon.
He was taken to Tamworth Police Station and questioned before being charged with breach of bail.
Anyone with information on the location of the stolen medals or who can help police is urged to contact Tamworth police on 6768 2999.
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