A man and woman have been charged following the theft of diesel from a property in the state’s Orana region.
On Thursday (21 November 2019), officers attached to Orana Mid Western Police District were alerted to the theft of 300 litres of diesel from overhead tanks at a property on Montgomery Road at Trangie.
Police commenced inquiries into the matter including the review of CCTV footage.
About 6.30pm yesterday (Sunday 24 November 2019), police arrested a 26-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman from Narromine in relation to the offence.
The woman was issued with a Field Court Attendance for the offence of trespass and will appear before Narromine Local Court on Tuesday 7 January 2020.
The man was charged with seven offences including larceny, trespass, goods in custody, possess housebreaking implements, possession of equipment for administering prohibited drugs, and have custody of an offensive implement in public place.
He was bail refused to appear before Dubbo Local Court today (Monday 25 November 2019).
Rural Crime Prevention Team state coordinator, Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside, said the arrest highlights the benefits of installing CCTV cameras at rural properties.
“This arrest highlights the benefits of not only having quality covert cameras in and around your farm, but the timely reporting of those rural crimes to your local police,” he said.
“You can’t underestimate the benefits of having quality images that assist investigators swoop on those responsible, preventing further crimes on your farm and your local community.”
“This is an example of local uniform police and farmers addressing local crimes together. The sooner rural crimes are reported the more likelihood there is of a positive result.”