Hot! Arrests made but break-and-enters and theft continue in Moree

STRIKE Force Claymore 2 continues to claim scalps in Moree however the number of break-and-enters and thefts in the township has spiked.

Twenty-six offenders were charged in the past week with 38 offences.

Moree fire fighters were also called to a house blaze in Anne Street – believed to be deliberately lit – at around 2am, Wednesday morning.

Barwon local area commander Paul McDonald said that local officers this week continued high visibility operations, targeting drug, property and street offences.

Officers have also been kept busy responding to break-and-enters in Amaroo Drive and Chester, Alice, River, Oak and Tycannah Streets as well as property theft at Baan Baa, Moree and Narrabri.

Attempts were made to steal two motor vehicles in Moree while a third was stolen and recovered following a pursuit in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Three quad bikes, an all-terrain vehicle and two Honda generators were stolen from the Moree Motorcycle Club on the Boolooroo Weir Road north of Moree.

The quad bikes and ATV were recovered by members of the public however the generators are still missing.

Police are also still searching for the whereabouts of a 2012 white Great Wall utility stolen from a property north of Moree early Wednesday morning.

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This Moree residence was well alight when fire fighters arrived early Wednesday morning (Image Supplied).

A group of young persons are under investigation for their suspected involvement in a string of graffiti and malicious damage incidents in Moree on Wednesday night.

Charges laid since last Sunday including:

  • A 48-year-old Queensland man charged with drive with low range PCA at Boggabilla;
  • A 25-year-old female charged with shoplifting offences at Moree;
  • A 21-year-old male charged with violent offences at Narrabri;
  • A 30-year-old Moree man remains in custody charged with domestic violence offences;
  • A 27-year-old male remains in custody after being charged with domestic violence related offences at Narrabri;
  • A 39-year-old male charged with firearms offences at Bingara;
  • A 41-year-old male remains in custody after being charged with offensive behaviour, intimidate and resist police at Boggabilla;
  • A 48-year-old man has been bail refused after being charged with domestic violence offences at Moree Wednesday;
  • A 34-year-old male remains bail refused after he was charged with an outstanding warrant at Boggabilla;
  • A 16-year-old boy charged with domestic violence offences at Moree; and
  • A 34-year-old male was returned to custody on a revocation of parole warrant at Moree

“Police continue to urge residents to be conscious of the security of their homes and vehicles and take basic steps to ensure they are less likely to become a victim . . .  be aware of what’s going in your neighbourhood; if something or someone looks out of place or suspicious please report it immediately,” Mr McDonald said.

Meanwhile, police have charged a man with firearms offences following an incident at a hotel in Boomi.

At about 10pm on Thursday police will allege a man refused to leave the licensed premises and at about 7.50am on Friday, officers from Barwon Local Area Command arrested a 44-year-old man on a rural property near Boomi.

He was taken to Moree Police Station and charged with excluded person remain in vicinity, possess offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence, possess unregistered firearm, unauthorised possession of a firearm and not keep firearm safe.

Police urge residents to continue to work with Police and report any suspicious behaviour immediately. Anyone with information that may assist police in relation to people wanted by the police; unsolved crimes and/or future crime that is being planned; or suspicious and unusual activity are urged to contact Police either by phoning Barwon Local Area Command on 02 6757 0799 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Media Release: December 1, 2017