15 February 2023

Man charged with 58 offences faces court today

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Griffith Court House.

Griffith Court House. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

A man will appear in court today (15 February) charged with a number of alleged stealing and traffic-related offences in Leeton.

Earlier this month, officers attached to Murrumbidgee Police District’s Proactive Crime Team commenced an investigation into reports of numerous alleged stolen vehicles and pursuits across the region.

Police said following extensive inquiries, officers arrested a 28-year-old man in remote bushland in Murrumbidgee Valley National Park at about 10:30 am yesterday (14 February).

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The man was taken to Leeton Police Station where he was charged with 58 offences including; two counts of stealing a motor vehicle; nine counts of take and drive conveyance without consent of owner; two counts of larceny; five counts of police pursuit, not stop drive at speed; five counts of driving recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous; five counts of class A motor vehicle exceed speed above 45 km/h; dishonestly obtain property by deception, and shoplifting.

Police will allege in court the man stole a Toyota Hilux and a caravan from Leeton yesterday (14 Tuesday), as well as allegedly leading police on pursuits through Leeton last Thursday (9 February), Friday (10 February) and Sunday (12 February).

He was refused bail to appear in Griffith Local Court today (15 February).

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Crime Stoppers. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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