Crime spreads despite arrest

While Police arrested and charged a man from Hay in relation to a number of break-ins in Narrandera, crime is still continuing in the town and nearby Grong Grong.

The man, aged 36, was arrested at a house in Leonard Street Hay last Wednesday morning. He was taken to Hay Police station and charged. He was refused bail and appeared in Deniliquin Local Court last Thursday.

The man was charged with five counts of break, enter and steal, break, two counts of enter with intent to steal, two counts of take and drive conveyance without consent, malicious damage, larceny
as well as several unrelated offences.

The man’s charges were related to a crime spree in early July.

Six sheds, a house, and several cars were allegedly broken into, and property was stolen. Two motor vehicles were also allegedly stolen and dumped nearby during the spree.

At the time of the arrest Griffith Local Area Command Police confirmed that while not capable of giving exact numbers in the last week or so, Narrandera’s crime wave had dropped “dramatically.”

Inspector Wayne McLaughlin put the drop down to ongoing police operations, particularly the work of Strike Force Chando.

“With more police in the area the criminal realise there’s a higher chance of getting caught.

“This is only the first of what police anticipate will be a number of arrests,” Inspector McLaughlin said.

However, while Narrandera’s crime rates are certainly down, there is still activity occurring.

Police arrested a 40 year old man for drink driving on the Irrigation Way on Sunday morning. He was found to have a blood alcohol reading of 0.148 and his license has been suspended.

A business on East Street in Narrandera was broken into between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning. Cash was stolen.

A business premises was broken into in Grong Grong last Wednesday, the day of the arrest. Entry was gained through a gate and the building was entered. A quantity of property was stolen and the owner of the business is still working with police to evaluate how much property is missing.

A red and white 100cc Honda motorbike was also stolen from a property in Grong Grong. The farmer had not sighted the bike for some time and reported it missing.

There was an attempted break and enter at a childcare facility between the evening of Monday and Thursday August 7 and 10. Workers noticed some flyscreens had been disturbed.

At about 2am on Thursday morning a storage facility on Red Gum Street was broken in to. Entry was gained to a number of storage units and Police are still trying to determine what property was taken. Police believe a motor vehicle was involved.

If anyone saw anything suspicious, they should report it to the police.

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