Three people have been charged over the alleged theft of an Israeli flag from council chambers in Sydney’s east on Christmas Day, with police releasing images of a fourth person they believe can assist with enquiries.
Police allege two vehicles stopped outside the Woollahra Municipal Council chambers on New South Head Rd in Double Bay about 2pm, before the occupants tore down the flag from a flagpole.
CCTV released by police captured one of the alleged vehicle bearing several small Palestinian flags stopped outside the building.
Another woman was allegedly captured in the footage brandishing a larger flag on a pole.
It is understood the flag has been targeted multiple times since last year.
In a statement, a NSW Police spokesman said officers attended a Stanmore home at 7.30pm on December 25 and spoke to a man, 27, who was the alleged registered owner of a Toyota Kluger at the scene.
The spokesman said the man was issued a court attendance notice for driver not disclose identity of driver/passenger as required and unreasonably obstruct the path of driver/pedestrian.
A woman, 37, was also spoken to at her Dulwich Hill home at 9am on December 26.
She was also issued with a court attendance notice for driver not disclose identity of driver/passenger as required.
Both will appear at Downing Centre Local Court on February 5.
A third woman, 27, was arrested at Hyde Park on January 6 following further police inquiries.
She was charged with larceny and granted bail to appear at Waverley Local Court on February 13.
Investigators have since released CCTV of a fourth woman who may be able to assist police with their inquiries.
The woman depicted is described as being of Asian or South American appearance, aged in her 20s, of medium build, and long dark hair.
She is shown wearing a camouflage print bikini top, white shorts, dark shoes and a pink head scarf.