Authorities have released security camera footage showing a Sydney carjacking that they believe may be connected to a fatal shooting in February of a former crime boss.
In the grainy footage timestamped May 19, 2017, the owner of the car can be seen parking his dark grey Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG station wagon before another man in black approaches the driver and makes a demand for the car, threatening him with a knife.
Nine months later, police allege that the stolen station wagon was used to transport an unknown gunman in a drive-by shooting.
Mahmoud “Mick” Hawi was shot by the gunman outside a Rockdale gym on Feb. 15. The gunman left the area in what appears to be the same dark grey station wagon. The car was later abandoned and set on fire, according to police.
Hawi was transported to the hospital where he later died.
Police have now released footage of the carjacking in hope that members of the public may be able to provide information about the man depicted in the video to assist in the investigation.
“Our inquiries into the Mercedes-Benz has revealed the vehicle was not sighted or involved in any other incidents between the time it was stolen and the day of the shooting.
“We know high-performance vehicles are often stolen for immediate use by criminal groups, but they can also be stored for sale at a later date.
“It is likely the vehicle would have changed hands – possibly multiple times – so we’d like to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicle during that time, whether in a carpark, secure building, or even at a storage facility,” Detective Chief Inspector Steve Patton said.
Police say they do not know the whereabouts of the car between the carjacking incident and the Rockdale shooting.
Police are urging anyone with information that may assist investigators to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/.
Credit: NSW Police Force via Storyful