Victorian man arrested as Operation Roam 2017 continues, NSW

NSW Police have arrested a wanted Victorian man as Operation Roam 2017 continues, NSW Police say.

Operation Roam – a joint initiative of NSW Police Force and Crime Stoppers Australia – was launched last Monday (21 August 2017), to help track down wanted people via the exchange of information between policing jurisdictions across Australia.

About 1.45pm today, police attached to Lake Illawarra Local Area Command arrested a 53-year-old man in a shopping centre car park at Warrawong.

He was charged with an outstanding warrant and refused bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court tomorrow.

It is expected that detectives from Victoria Police will also seek the man’s extradition in court tomorrow.

So far nine people have been arrested as part of the national Operation Roam campaign.

Crime Stoppers compiled a list of wanted offenders – nine of whom remain outstanding – and they continue to urge members of the public to come forward with information on their whereabouts.

Operational Communications & Information Commander, Assistant Commissioner Kyle Stewart, said the arrest demonstrates the joint effort between Crime Stoppers, police and the wider community.

“Already we can see that the community plays a significant role in this type of operation: it’s their eyes and ears that can contribute to the arrest of people who are avoiding apprehension,” Assistant Commissioner Stewart said.

“If you know anything about the offenders nominated as part of Operation Roam, you should contact Crime Stoppers,” Assistant Commissioner Stewart said.

Further information on wanted people involved in Operation Roam can be found via the Crime Stoppers NSW website:

This includes interstate targets who may be residing, or have other known connections, to NSW.

Operation Roam was first launched in 2011 and follows the international success of Interpol’s Operation INFRA Red, in which Crime Stoppers and police in Australia and around the world coordinated a global fugitive hunt.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to the whereabouts of the wanted offenders promoted during Operation Roam 2017 to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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