25 September 2023

Police cross paths to collar crooks

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Caption: Police have charged two men with a number of rural property offences.

A cross-border operation between NSW Police and the Queensland Police Service in the Inglewood area has led to two men being arrested for rural crime offences.

In April, officers from the NSW Police Rural Crime Prevention Team at Moree launched Strike Force Wheaton in conjunction with Queensland police from St George Crime Investigation Bureau, in response to offences committed on rural properties in the Mungindi, St George, Dirrranbandi and Thallon areas near the NSW–Queensland border.

Last Thursday (9 May), officers from the New England Police District and the Darling Downs District attended an address near Inglewood in Queensland where a 31-year-man attempted to flee from police on foot through a paddock.

He was arrested after a brief struggle.

The Police recovered a 2013 Toyota Landcruiser utility from the Inglewood property, which was allegedly stolen from a property at St George, Queensland, earlier in the week.

Police also recovered other items including a small amount of methylamphetamine (ICE) and ammunition.

A 28-year-old man was spoken to at the premises and was issued a Notice to Appear for possession of tainted property.

The 31-year-old man was taken to Warwick Watch House where he was charged with offences including trespassing, stealing, possessing dangerous drugs and obstructing police.

He has appeared at the Warwick Magistrates Court in Queensland and will be dealt with for other matters in NSW at a later date.

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