Central Hunter Local Area Command
Man Charged Over Break-Ins Following Pursuit – Central Hunter
A man will appear in court today after being charged with numerous offences following an early morning pursuit in the State’s Central Hunter region.
About 12.30 am today (Sunday 27 December 2009), a Holden Commodore was allegedly stolen from an address at Rutherford and was later reported to Police after the driver allegedly failed to pay for fuel at a nearby service station.
The car was then sighted by a security guard in an industrial estate at Beresfield and when he followed the vehicle, it was allegedly reversed into his car before driving away.
The vehicle was seen at a supermarket in Cardiff, where thieves gained entry to the premises and stole a quantity of cigarettes and cash from a charity box.
About 2.45 am, the vehicle was seen at Warners Bay and Police began following the Commodore. On Lake Road at Argenton Police deployed road spikes which deflated the car’s left hand side tyres, however, the vehicle rammed a Police vehicle and the pursuit was terminated.
The Commodore was then seen travelling North in the Southbound lanes of the F3 Freeway towards Maitland. Police stopped the car, and the driver and two other males ran onto Lenaghan Drive at Black Hill towards bushland.
Officers chased the men, arresting a 24-year-old East Gresford man.
He was taken to Maitland Police Station where he was questioned and later charged with aggravated break and enter, carry in conveyance, and possess house breaking implements.
The man was refused bail and will appear in Maitland Local Court later today.
Investigations into the alleged incidents are continuing, and investigators are appealing for anyone with information about the identities or current location of two men who may be able to assist with inquiries, to contact Maitland Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.