Man wanted on stealing offences charged after police pursuits – Far North

Police have charged a man wanted on outstanding warrants after he allegedly led police on two pursuits in stolen vehicles in the state’s Far North yesterday.

About 4am Saturday 22 February, a stolen Holden Commodore was pursued by officers from New England Police District through Mungindi before travelling south on the Carnarvon Highway towards Moree, at more than 150km/h.

Police terminated the pursuit due to safety concerns and later found the vehicle burned out on a rural property about 10.20am.

About 11.20am the same day, officers from New England Police District pursued another stolen Holden Commodore on Morialta Road, Mungindi. The pursuit continued onto the Carnarvon Highway before the Commodore left the roadway and stopped between two trees.

Police saw a number of offenders fleeing the scene on foot and commenced a largescale search of the area, which continued through the night, with the help of the Rural Crime Prevention Team and the Dog Unit.

About 1.50pm the next day (Sunday 23 February 2020), officers attended a home on Campbell Street, Mungindi, and found a 29-year-old man hiding in a ceiling cavity.

He was arrested and charged with two outstanding warrants for rural theft offences in NSW and a revocation of parole (firearms theft), take & drive conveyance and break, enter and steal. He was refused bail, to appear at Moree Bail Court today (Monday 24 February 2020).

Police also arrested a 26-year-old man at the same property, after conducting a search and finding a firearm barrel and receiver. He was charged with possess unregistered firearm, unauthorised possession of firearm, and not keep firearm safe. He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at Mungindi Local court on 22 April 2020.

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