Two major pizza chains have been targeted in a break-in binge that’s seen 15 businesses robbed across Sydney’s west over 10 days, police allege.
The alleged crime spree began about 2.30am on Saturday, January 14, when a Volkswagen Golf pulled up outside a Domino’s on Dunmore Street in Wentworthville. Police claim Jacob Sutherland and Aime Pham parked the hatchback and broke in to the store, bypassing the pizzas and pepperoni, and went straight to the safe, stealing cash.
Later that same day, the couple are alleged to have hit another Domino’s, this time in Northmead, again stealing cash.
Over the next 10 days, police allege the pair broke in and stole cash from 13 more pizza takeaway 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 authorised to comment publicly said the pair were tracked down through “old-fashioned police work” by local officers from Blacktown and Fairfield City proactive crime teams, who trawled through CCTV, identified the modus operandi and connected the dots.
The alleged crime spree came to an end at the Prospect Hotel Motel about 7.30pm on Tuesday, with police raiding the room where the pair were holed up. Officers seized clothing, mobile phones and $3000 in cash which will be forensically examined.
Sutherland, 30, and Pham, 27, were arrested in the hotel room and taken to Blacktown Police Station, where they were each charged with 17 counts of aggravated break and enter dwelling in company and stealing an amount under $60,000.
Exactly why the pair allegedly targeted the pizza chains is unclear. Police could not say whether there was any connection between either of the accused and Domino’s or Pizza Hut. Nor would they confirm the total figure allegedly fleeced from the franchises.