AT LEAST two people are cheekily looking to capitalise on the ongoing hunt for Australia’s most wanted men.
T-shirts, flasks, teapots and even G-strings bearing the images of Gino and Mark Stocco are now on sale.
The armed duo, who are still on the run from police after shooting at officers near Wagga on October 16, have unofficially been labelled the “2015 Australian hide and seek champions”.
A Wodonga man has created a T-shirt listing the dates of their “Australian tour”, which coincide with their sightings in the North East and southern NSW.
A Melbourne man, who asked not to be named, has a wider selection of items available for purchase online.
More than 40 pieces of clothing, and stubby holders, mugs and flasks can be bought.
The man said he had never wanted to cash in, and was simply trying to “make light of a grim situation”.
The online shop is linked to a profanity-laced Facebook page featuring jokes about the two armed offenders.
The store recently went online but there have not been any sales.
“I think with anything of this nature, there’s potential for people to take offence,” he said.
“To be offended by something is a choice though.
“Should you see something offensive of TV, you change channel.
“In the paper, you turn the page.
“On Facebook though, people seem to forget those choices.”
He said he didn't want to pass comment on the men.
“It’s not my place to judge,” he said.
“If they’re guilty, they should be punished.
“Hopefully there’s nobody harmed when it reaches its conclusion.”
Wagga police Superintendent Bob Noble encouraged people to continue to report sightings of the pair.
A reported sighting at Tarcutta on Monday was confirmed as false.
“Today we have a few extra police from Sydney, some tactical police and some extra highway patrol staff, and some other assets in town to assist us,” he said Tuesday.
“At the present time we are continuing our tasking pro-actively, chasing down a number of lines of inquiry coming to us via Crime Stoppers and other channels and we’d just like to encourage that information flow to continue.”