$1.87m worth of cigarettes stolen from freight company in Sydney

Photo / Greg Bowker
Photo / Greg Bowker

About $1.87 million worth of cigarettes have been stolen from a freight company in Sydney's west.

Police were called to the firm's holding yard at Wetherill Park early on Saturday morning after employees discovered it had been broken into and four pallets of cigarettes had been stolen.

Police allege that CCTV footage at the yard showed three men breaking into the premises at about 1am (AEDT).

The trio then used a forklift to remove the pallets before placing them in a waiting truck, police said on Sunday.

The truck was later found burnt out at Minchinbury.

While the cigarettes have a wholesale value of about $746,000, police said they would retail for approximately $1.87 million.

A similar incident occurred at the same location a couple of weeks ago and detectives believe they are linked.

On January 13, three pallets of cigarettes were stolen from the holding yard after a number of men gained entry.

The cigarettes stolen during that break-in also have an estimated wholesale value of approximately $746,000.

-AAP

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