Caught on camera

By CRAIG McTEAR

DO you know this man?

If so, Coffs Harbour police would love to speak to you.

The man was captured on closed-circuit television slipping into the Hoey Moey at Park Beach on Monday last week before opening hours.

Detective Sergeant Scott Goodhand from the Target Action Group (TAG) said the man walked in through a side door at 9am, wandered through a bar and found his way into an administration area.

Police allege the man removed a large but undisclosed amount of money before walking outside to his car, which he had left running.

He was in the hotel for no more than eight minutes.

The vehicle was a silver 2004 AB Ford Falcon sedan with yellow number plates. Part of the registration read YLY.

Sgt Goodhand said police wanted to question the man over thefts from at least seven other businesses in Coffs Harbour between noon and 2pm the same day.

A man fitting his description stole a $200 orange Wilde racing bike from the Coffs Coast Tender Centre in Ray McCarthy Drive, took an employee's wallet from Ryan's Bus Depot in Hurley Drive, fraudulently obtained fuel from the BP Service Station on the Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour South, fraudulently obtained clothing from Cooper's Surf Centre in Harbour Drive and an unidentified business, and fraudulently obtained jewellery from Ozjewell in the Palms Centre and clothing from Jack Simmons Mensland in Harbour Drive.

The man is described as Caucasian in appearance, 170cm to 175cm tall, aged 35 to 40, with a tanned and ruddy complexion, a medium to solid build, brown hair in a number two-style cut, a trimmed beard, and heavily tattooed.

He was wearing at the time blue jeans, track shoes, a long-sleeved striped shirt and a white shirt underneath.

Any other businesses targeted by a man fitting this description, or anyone who can help with the investigation, is urged to contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299.



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