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Caped Robber In Police Sights After String Of Break-Ins

A man wearing a long, billowing black cape is in police sights after being caught on camera in a string of break-ins and an armed robbery in western NSW last month.

NSW Police have sounded the alarm over the caped criminal, after three separate incidents in the space of three weeks around Orange, in the state's central west.

"Following inquiries by strike force detectives, it’s believed the three incidents – which occurred during the mornings of 29 June, 13 July, and 20 July – are linked by a man wearing a black cape," police said in a statement.

Caped man behind string of break-ins, armed robbery. Photo: NSW Police/CCTV

An incident on July 20 at a hotel in Orange saw a caped man carrying a hunting knife and rifle tie up an employee and then try to open poker machines and an ATM.

CCTV footage at a licensed premises at Bloomfield on June 29, and at a business in Orange on July 13, captured a man in a cape attempting to steal a machine and pry open an ATM.

NSW Police have established Strike Force Naimo to investigate the three incidents, linked by the caped man. He was said to have been wearing a face-covering during the July 13 and 20 incidents.

Caped man behind a string of break-ins, armed robbery. Photo: NSW Police/CCTV

CCTV footage of the incidents has been released as police continue investigations. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Orange Police Station on 02 6363 6399.

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