Australia police hunt toilet paper thieves who took over 500 rolls at knifepoint

Australian police have launched a manhunt for two toilet paper thieves who made off with hundreds of rolls from Sydney supermarkets.

As the country slips deeper into the coronavirus crisis, hysteria over toilet paper supplies has seen violent brawls in supermarkets - and it's now led to armed criminal raids.

The duo targeted four Woolworths stores on Sunday evening in what the NSW police minister calls a "disgraceful" act.

Police said the men broke into the supermarkets' restricted storage areas, making off with over 500 rolls of toilet paper from the Auburn and Granville stores.

At the Auburn store, one of the men allegedly threatened a staff member with a bladed weapon, police said.

Another attempt at the Bass Hill and Lidcombe stores wasn't successful and the bog roll bandits fled empty-handed.

Police are now hunting the pair and released surveillance footage of them caught in the act.

The men caught in the act.
The men caught in the act. Photo credit: NSW Police

NSW Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott urged anyone with information to contact police.

"I support any measures taken by police to protect our communities from this sort of disgraceful criminal activity," he said in a statement.

"The people of NSW will not tolerate criminal behaviour at any time let alone during this crisis.

"People need to grow up and look out for our most vulnerable."

The first man is described as Mediterranean or Middle Eastern in appearance, about 185-190cm tall, solidly built and aged in his 30s.

He has tattoos on his arms and was wearing a grey polo shirt with blue track pants.

The second man is around 175-180cm tall with a slim build, and aged between 30-35. He was wearing black Adidas pants and a camo-print hooded jumper.

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