Police have charged two men with a string of rural property offences.
Police have charged two men with a string of rural property offences. Contributed

Arrests made after cross border operation

A CROSS border operation has led to the arrests of two men, after a spate of rural property crimes.

At 10.15am yesterday, officers from the New England Police District and the Darling Downs District searched an Inglewood property where police recovered a 2013 Toyota LandCruiser utility.

The vehicle was allegedly stolen from a property at St George on Tuesday.

Police also recovered a small amount of methylamphetamine and ammunition.

Police have charged two men with a string of rural property offences.
Police have charged two men with a string of rural property offences. Contributed

The arrests were part of the recently launched Strike Force Wheaton, which saw officers from Moree's NSW Police Rural Crime Prevention Team work with Queensland Police from St George CIB, in response to offences committed on rural properties in the Mungindi, St George, Dirranbandi and Thallon areas.

A 31-year-old-man attempted to flee on foot through a paddock before a struggle with officers resulted in his arrest.

He was taken to Warwick watch house where he was charged with Enter premises and six counts of commit indictable offence, trespass, stealing, possessing dangerous drugs, and obstruct police.

He will appear at the Warwick Magistrates Court today, and will be dealt with for other matters in New South Wales at a later date.

A 28-year-old man was spoken to at the premises and was issued a Notice to Appear for possession of tainted property.

NSW State Rural Crime Coordinator, Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside said the Rural Crime Prevention Team continued to work closely with counterparts in neighbouring jurisdictions.

"These arrests serve as a reminder to offenders that state borders won't prevent us from apprehending those that target our rural communities," he said.

"We maintain a zero tolerance approach for all crimes committed against our rural communities, and this is another example of highlighting the capability of your local police disrupting criminals that prey on our regional communities."


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