The crime report: Northern Beaches



Diamonds lost forever?

Police have released CCTV footage as part of an ongoing investigation into the theft of a $295,000 diamond ring from a Warringah Mall jewellery store last year.

At about 11.40am on Monday 12 October 2020, an unknown man entered a jewellery store at the shopping complex and spoke with a shop attendant.

After requesting to inspect some items, it is claimed the man snatched a pear shaped, 18-carat yellow gold diamond ring from the woman and fled the store.

The attendant was not injured in the incident.

Northern Beaches Police Area Command attended a short time later and established a crime scene, however inquiries continue.

As part of the investigation, police have released CCTV of a man who may be able to help with their inquiries.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, in his late 30s to early 40s and about 180cm tall. 

At the time of the incident, the man was wearing a beige baseball cap, a face mask, a red and black sleeve checked shirt, dark jeans, and grey sneakers.

He had long blonde hair, which police say may have been a wig.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

$150 million coke bust

A Collaroy woman and a Dee Why man have been charged as part of ongoing investigations into the alleged importation of nearly $155 million worth of cocaine.

Following a tip off, Australian Border Force officers dismantled a shipment of toolboxes that arrived in Sydney from the UK in mid-May.

Concealed in the steel boxes, they found 514kg of concealed cocaine.

A joint investigation was subsequently launched by detectives from the state’s Organised Crime Squad, the NSW Crime Commission, and the Australian Federal Police.

Following extensive investigations, detectives stopped a van on Banksia Street, Botany, at around 10.50am Tuesday 18 May.

When officers approached the van, the female driver allegedly reversed at high speed.

The male passenger then ran from the vehicle, throwing a backpack into a nearby yard, while police gave chase on foot.

The 33-year-old woman was arrested, before officers retrieved the backpack.

The van was then searched, along with an unattended truck parked in Pagewood. 

The Collaroy woman was taken to Mascot Police Station and charged with large commercial drug supply and use offensive weapon in company to prevent detention.

Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Dee Why man was caught and taken to hospital for treatment of a minor leg injury.

He was then taken to Mascot Police Station where he was charged with large commercial drug supply.

The pair were refused bail to appear at Central Local Court the following day.

Another man from Minto was also charged as part of the investigation.

Follow up: You want a pizza me?

In December last year, Peninsula Living reported Sea Eagles star Dylan Walker has been arrested and charged in relation to an alleged altercation at a Narraweena restaurant.

In court last month, Mr Walker plead guilty to the common assault of a man after leaving the Little Italy pizzeria on 1 November 2020.

It is claimed the 26-year-old attempted to get into the car of a woman unknown to him after leaving the restaurant.

The woman’s brother then attempted to come to her aid, before allegedly being pushed by Mr Walker.

Magistrate Vivien Swain told the court Mr Walker was so drunk at the time of the incident, he had no memory of what occurred.

According to the Manly player’s barrister, Richard Pontello, Mr Walker had been drinking after a period of ‘abstinence’ and was undergoing weekly counselling, which he would continue for the next 13 months.

The magistrate said Mr Walker’s offense was on the lower end of the scale and that his prospects of rehabilitation were positive.

As such, he escaped conviction but was sentenced to an 18-month conditional release order.

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