A MOREE man was just one of 844 people arrested as part of a state-wide police crackdown on warrant offenders at the weekend.
More than 3600 police officers from the state’s 80 Local Area Commands – including the north’s Oxley, Barwon and New England commands – were involved in the high visibility Operation Avert 10.
It’s the tenth time NSW police have conducted the sting, to catch criminals on outstanding warrants as well as bail and parole violators and those linked by DNA and fingerprint evidence to other crimes.
During the operation, police conducted 3538 arrest-warrant inquiries, 1803 bail-compliance checks and 253 DNA/fingerprint inquiries.
Barwon officers contributed to the tally with their arrest of a 29-year-old man wanted for a break and enter offence two weekends ago.
At 2.20pm on Sunday, the wanted man was stopped on a pushbike in Moree.
He was later arrested and charged with break, enter and steal and goods in custody.
Police arrested 844 people and laid 1120 charges including break and enter, stealing, malicious damage, robbery and traffic offences during the operation, which finished at midnight on Sunday.
Traffic and Highway Patrol officers were also involved, stopping motorists for more than 49,000 RBTs and licence enforcement and warrant checks.
It resulted in 242 drink-driving charges and 64 people charged for driving disqualified.
The operation’s commander, Assistant Commissioner Alan Clarke, said the results showed it was an effective strategy to put offenders before the courts.
“Results like these send a very clear message,” he said.
“No matter how hard you try to hide and avoid police, we will catch up with you sooner or later.”