Two in court after investigation into ram raid at Griffith

Two men have charged following an investigation into an alleged ram raid in Griffith last weekend.

About 11.45pm on Friday 28 August 2020, a Toyota Landcruiser, stolen from a home in Yenda, was allegedly used in a fail to pay offence at a service station in Griffith.

The vehicle was tehn allegedly involved in a pursuit with officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command. The pursuit was terminated a short time later for safety reasons.

The same vehicle was believed to be involved in a fail to stop collision with a car on Rosewood Drive, Griffith about 1am on Saturday 29 August 2020.

About 1.45am on Saturday 29 August 2020, another vehicle – a Toyota Rav 4 – was allegedly used to force entry to a service station on Banna Avenue, Griffith, where an empty cash tin was stolen.

The Rav 4, which had been reported stolen from a home in Griffith, was later found abandoned in an empty channel near New Farms Road, Nericon.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives attended a home in Middleton Avenue, Griffith, and arrested a 20-year-old man about 5.30pm on Monday (31 August 2020).

He was taken to Griffith Police Station, where he was charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, goods in personal custody suspected being stolen, dishonestly obtain property by deception, take and drive conveyance without consent of owner, aggravated break and enter dwelling in company, and never licensed person drive vehicle on road.

He was refused bail and appeared at Griffith Local Court on Wednesday (2 September 2020), where he was refused bail to appear before the same court on Thursday 16 September 2020.

Following further inquiries, investigators arrested a 25-year-old man at a hotel on Wakaden Street, Griffith, about 1.15pm yesterday (Thursday 3 September 2020).

He was taken to Griffith Police Station, where he was charged with use offensive instrument to avoid apprehension, police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, breach of AVO, breach of bail, malicious damage, two counts of predatory driving, drive motor vehicle while disqualified, take and drive conveyance, stealing and unlawful entry of motor vehicle.

The Narrandera man was refused bail to appear at Griffith Local Court today (Friday 4 September 2020).

Investigations are continuing.

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