Moree Police seek Gosport St bag snatch witnesses; man arrested after Narrabri syringe hold-up

DETECTIVES attached to Barwon Local Area Command investigating a bag snatch in Gosport Street Moree are keen to speak to a number of witnesses.

While a 22-year-old male remains in custody, detectives wish to speak to a number of witnesses who assisted the victim on Wednesday, October 19, and those who assisted in the return of a number of personal items late yesterday.

Anyone with information relating to the bag snatch is urged to contact Barwon Local Area Command on 02 6757 0799.

Barwon LAC are are also warning residents to ensure that their homes are secured both whilst home and away. Thieves have targeted wallets, handbags, cash, jewellery and have used victim’s car keys to steal motor vehicles whilst they are absent or distracted elsewhere in the home.

Crime manager, detective Inspector David Silversides said “residents should secure valuables such as cash, wallets and car keys while at home, and be aware of any suspicious activity.”

“Thieves usually steal items like mobile phones, cash, jewellery and car keys. People should take steps to store these items securely, or at least store them out of sight,” he said.

“As thieves usually gain entry by forcing a window or doors, it’s also a good idea to conduct a brief check of your doors and windows to ensure they are secure.police_crime_tape_634654911572916090_1

“It may sound obvious, but always remember to lock your home and car, and ensure all the windows and doors are secure, even when you are at home,” Mr Silversides said.

If you have been the victim of a break and enter offence or have any information in relation to recent break-ins in the Barwon area or anyone noticing suspicious activity, are asked to report it to Barwon Local Area Command on 02 6757 0799.

Meanwhile, a Taree man is due to appear in court after a store in north-western NSW was allegedly held up with a blood-filled syringe.

Police from Barwon LAC issued an appeal for public assistance following the armed robbery of a discount store at Narrabri about 10.30am on Sunday, October 9.

Police will allege a man armed with a blood-filled syringe threatened an 18-year-old woman working in the store, demanding cash.

Following investigations, a 21-year-old man was arrested at a home in Short Street, Taree, about 2pm yesterday, Wednesday, October 19.

He was taken to Taree Police Station where he was charged with robbery while armed with an offensive weapon.

The man was refused bail and will appear in Forster Local Court today, October 20.

Media Release: October 20, 2016