A crime scene has been established at ANZ Stadium with NSW Police launching a major investigation into a brazen robbery which occurred late Wednesday night. As many as thirteen New South Wales players were left reeling after a group of interstate men carried out the crime in front of tens of thousands of onlookers.
Senior police at the State Crime Command have been tasked with investigating the security failings that led to the theft which has sent shockwaves through the state. Police are expected to hold a press conference soon, but senior police sources tell Broken News that officers are dumbfounded with the audacity of the crime and the fact that it was carried out right under their noses.
The 13 men responsible for the theft have been described as being Queenslander in appearance, wearing maroon shirts, maroon shorts and black studded boots. They were seen leaving the area in a luxury coach with the letters “QLD” emblazoned on the side.
“We were robbed,” NSW supporters told Broken News as they left the ground.
Broken News understands that the entire crime was caught on ANZ Stadium’s CCTV cameras and detectives have also seized the Nine Network’s television footage of the match for clues that could lead to arrests.
Although the Queensland players are the prime suspects in the theft, investigators are also seeking to clarify whether there were any accessories, or persons who may have played a planning role in the crime. As part of the course of the investigation, police will also seek to question match officials including the referee and touch judges who have also been named as persons of interest.
“I want whoever is responsible for this to be brought to justice,” Premier Gladys Berejeklian told reporters at the ground. “This is something we just can’t tolerate”.
Police are asking witnesses to come forward, but secretly hope they don’t all come forward because there were at least 80,000 of them at the ground and that sort of paperwork could take “weeks, if not months”.
Broken News will have more on this story as it develops.