POLICE are hunting thieves who broke into a home and stole a car before using it in an attempted armed robbery in Tamworth.
A couple were in White Street in East Tamworth at about 2.15am on Thursday when a Honda HR-V pulled over and a man got out and confronted the pair.
"The offender demanded money and property from the couple but the offender left the scene in the vehicle, which we believe is stolen," Oxley Detective Acting Inspector Jason Darcy said.
"The victims were uninjured in the attempted robbery and the offender decamped without obtaining any property."
Police believe the Honda was stolen shortly before in South Tamworth.
"About 1.50am, a break-and-enter occurred at a home in Eureka Place, South Tamworth, where a Honda HR-V wagon was stolen," Detective Darcy said.
Police believe the car was then used in the attempted robbery before the offenders fled.
It was later found burnt out in West Tamworth.
Investigators are appealing for anyone to come forward who might have seen the Honda being driven in the early hours of Thursday, or who might have witnessed the confrontation in East.
Police are also investigating a break-and-enter at a service station near Nemingha. The BP off Armidale Road was targeted by thieves overnight on Wednesday.
Once inside, offenders stole the cash register, and fled.
CCTV footage is being reviewed by police as part of their investigation, and officers are appealing for public help.
Attempted hold-up at motel
Meanwhile, two offenders escaped empty-handed after an attempted armed hold-up of a motel in Moree on Wednesday night.
The staff inside the motel on Mungindi Road were confronted about 10.50pm by two offenders, believed to be a man and a woman.
Police have been told the pair threatened the staff whilst armed with a weapon, and demanded property.
There was a short confrontation with staff before the pair left empty-handed. They were last seen running towards Mungindi Road.
None of the staff were injured but they alerted police, who rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area.
The crime scene was examined by officers and police are appealing for public help.