Five men arrested after spate of break-and-enters on Moree businesses

MOREE police are closing the net on break-and-enter offenders targeting local commercial premises, with the arrest of five men early Saturday morning after a string of break-and-enter offences in the area were reported.

Several break-and-enters were committed on commercial businesses in Moree between 8.40pm on Friday and 4.30am Saturday.

Officers from Barwon Local Area Command were alerted to the incidents and at about 5am on Saturday they located five men in Balo Street.

All were allegedly in possession of break-and-enter tools and proceeds.

The men were arrested and taken to Moree Police Station.

A 20-year-old man has been charged with four counts of aggravated break-and-enter, two counts of aggravated break-and-enter, and for being in possession of a housebreaking implement.moreepolicestation003

He was also wanted on two arrest warrants and was refused bail. He will appear at Moree Bail Court today, Sunday, July 23.

A 21-year-old man has also been charged with four counts of aggravated break-and-enter and was bail refused to appear at Moree Bail Court today.

A 22-year-old man, 34-year-old man and 60-year-old man have all been charged with one count each of aggravated break-and-enter, along with other offences.

They were all given conditional bail to appear at Moree Local Court on July 28.

The arrests come on the back of a spate of break-and-enters on commercial properties in recent months, where as many as half-a-dozen Moree businesses were being targeted on any given night – some more than once.

One Moree business owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said the news of the recent arrests was a great outcome for Moree business owners.

“We’ve been hit more than once but the police have done a great job and apprehended the culprits,” the store owner said.

“Things have really gotten out-of-hand in the past few months and a lot of people have simply had enough. Hopefully, these arrests will help close the net on criminals that are targeting shops and commercial premises in Moree.”

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