Suspected stolen property seized during Moree arrest

SUSPECTED stolen property including an amount of electrical goods, tradesman’s tools and jewellery were recovered by Moree police on Wednesday.

A 33-year-old male remains in custody following his arrest in south Moree following reports of a domestic incident.

The Moree man was arrested and taken to Moree Police Station where he was charged with drive whilst disqualified and common assault.

At the time of his arrest police had cause to search a nearby vehicle, where the suspected stolen goods were found.

Police are requesting assistance from Moree residents who may be victims of recent thefts which may not have been reported.

Acting Superintendent Andrew Hurst said that the activities of police in recent days reflect the intentions of Barwon LAC’s fight against property and drug-related crime (which are closely linked).

“We are committed to dismantling and eliminating the criminal element within the area. Those with criminal tendencies should be reminded that the NSW Police Force has considerable resources which will be deployed,” Mr Hurst said.moreepolicestation003

Anyone who may have had property stolen recently is asked to contact the Moree Police Station with details to make a claim on the goods.

Barwon LAC Police are warning residents to be wary when buying and selling online.

Meanwhile, Mr Hurst says online shopping, auction sites, groups and message boards are increasingly popular as a way of buying and selling.

“Whilst most people using these sites have honourable intentions as with most situations these days there will be those looking to take advantage of unsuspecting buyers and sellers,” Mr Hurst said.

Barwon LAC recommends residents protect themselves against fraud by checking items descriptions carefully and to ask sellers questions if uncertain.

  • Beware of people offering you a deal below the current bid or reserve price, especially if they contact you direct. Remember, if an offer sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
  • Be extremely careful when buying things from people with little or no selling history.
  • Be aware of phishing emails that look like they come from the online auction or payment site you’re registered with, asking you to update your account details or re-enter them because your account has been suspended.
  • Check the URL in the web browser. A tactic often used by fraudsters is to change the address very slightly (if they’re spoofing an eBay site, for instance, they may have an address such as ‘. . .’ whereas the real site is ‘. . .’)
  • Read the terms and conditions carefully, including those relating to any dispute resolution procedures the site offers.
  • If you bid for an item unsuccessfully, don’t be tempted to trade off-site if another seller approaches you with a similar item.

As a buyer you should:

  • Try to avoid paying by money transfers – they aren’t secure.
  • Be careful when using direct banking transactions to pay for goods. Make sure transactions are secure.
  • Don’t send confidential personal or financial information by email.
  • Use an online payment option such as PayPal, which helps to protect you.
  • Exercise caution when purchasing high priced items – consider making a transfer at a bank instead of attending with a large sum of cash

As a seller you should:

  • Be wary of accepting payment by cheque.
  • Never accept a cheque for a higher amount and refund the difference. This is a common fraud that only comes to light when the buyers’ cheque turns out to be stolen or forged.

Buyers and sellers are urged to always safe purchase practices:

  • Don’t reveal personal information and be careful what details are being disclosed in photos of the items for sale – do your best to ensure other valuables are sighted and that your location isn’t identified
  • Keep your mobile phone close in case of an emergency
  • Don’t pay in cash
  • Always meet during the day
  • Never meet at home
  • Always meet in a public place (chose a location with CCTV) and consider taking a friend with you

And don’t think that safe shopping practices are going to limit your sales abilities.

“Legitimate buyers and sellers are not likely to disagree with these terms. They may have the same apprehension you have,” Mr Hurst said.

“When you have the cash in hand, whether you’re the buyer or the seller, be careful where you go with that money, especially if it’s more than a few hundred dollars. If you’ve just sold something and the buyer gives you a huge chunk of money, you could set yourself up to be robbed,” he says.

Most importantly, if you’re not comfortable with the person you’re selling to, don’t go through with the transaction, Mr Hurst said.

Police urge residents to 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: January 4, 2017