25 January 2024

DNA clues lead to arrest of Adelong man over alleged theft of boss's cattle

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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The Rural Crime Prevention Team has charged a man over an alleged cattle theft. Photo: NSW Police/Byronsdad.

A 66-year-old man is set to face court following an investigation into historical cattle thefts in the Riverina.

Police said that in July 2023, Rural Crime investigators from Wagga Wagga received a report relating to historical cattle thefts from the Adelong area between September and December 2015.

The Rural Crime Prevention Team formed Strike Force Billabourie to investigate the alleged theft of 15 head of mixed cattle in the extensive inquiries dating back to 2015.

During the investigation, Rural Crime investigators from the Riverina and Murrumbidgee police districts executed search warrants at Grahamstown and Adelong on 14 September, 2023, where they mustered and exhibited cattle, obtaining DNA samples from some.

The investigation has been ongoing since then and an Adelong man has been charged with stealing, taking and using cattle.

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The investigators say the man is alleged to be an employee of a farmer who owned cattle.

The man charged is due to appear at the Tumut Local Court on 10 April.

State Rural Crime coordinator Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Whiteside encouraged people to report rural crimes and stock thefts as soon as possible to maximise the chances of finding the culprits.

“Whilst not all rural crime investigations result in people being placed before the court, it is a given that those that are not reported rarely do,” he said.

Anyone affected by rural crime should report it to their nearest police station. If you have information that can assist Rural Crime investigators, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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