Police charge man after stealing a fire truck near Coonamble

A man will appear in court today after allegedly stealing a fire truck in the state’s north-west.

Police will allege just before 12.30am yesterday (Wednesday 12 June 2019), a man forced entry into a NSW Rural Fire Service premises on Baradine Road, Pine Grove, about 30km east of Coonamble, and drove off in a marked fire brigade tanker.

Later that morning, Officers from Orana Mid Western Police District were notified of a man acting suspiciously near a fire truck, which was parked off the road near Cooma Street, Quambone.

Following inquiries, a 19-year-old man was arrested at a home on the same street, just after midday.

He was taken to Coonamble Police Station and charged with break and enter, steal motor vehicle, damage property by fire and drive motor vehicle during disqualification period.

An examination of the vehicle showed the front passenger seat suffered fire damage whilst stolen.

The man was refused bail to appear before Dubbo Local Court today (Thursday 13 June 2019).

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