NSW police detectives investigating the vandalism of BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in Rosehill last week have released images to seek help from the public to catch the culprits.
Earlier, Officers attached to Cumberland Police Area Command were called to the building on Eleanor Street at about 9 am on Friday 5 May 2023, after the paint was found sprayed on the outside wall of the Hindu Temple.
The Australia Today has reported that subsequent inquiries revealed the incident occurred between 1 am and 2 am early Friday morning.
Following inquiries, NSW Police detectives have released an image of a vehicle last seen travelling on Virginia Street toward James Ruse Drive, Rosehill, in the early hours of Friday morning.
They believe the occupants of the vehicle may have information that could assist investigators, or even possibly dashcam vision.
Cumberland Commander, Superintendent Sheridan Waldau, said she hoped the community may have information that could help investigators identify the person or the car.
“We are also hopeful that the person, or the occupants of the car, will contact detectives as we believe they could have information crucial to the investigation,”Supt Waldau said.
NSW Police have released a second image which is believed to be of a person recorded as being in the vicinity of the temple at about the same time.
The person depicted is dressed in dark clothing, wearing a dark beanie and a face mask. It’s not known if the person depicted has any connection with the vehicle depicted in the other image.
“NSW Police works closely with members of a widely-diverse community in western Sydney, and it’s disappointing that actions such as these can cause unnecessary distress, Superintendent Waldau said.
“Police rely on the support of the local community to provide information so it can be investigated, but it’s important to know that information provided will be treated with the strictest confidence,”she said.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Granville Police Station or Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.
The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.