TAMWORTH police have ramped up an operation to drive down property crime in the city, with two arrests in just three days.
On Friday, Tyrone Charles Brown was released on a $5000 bail surety in Tamworth Local Court, charged with three counts of receiving stolen property; two of larceny; and goods in personal custody.
The 27-year-old was arrested at 6am on Friday in Quinn Street by the Target Action Group (TAG) who are investigating property crime in the South and West Tamworth area, as part of Operation Southbreak.
"Police searched a house and recovered property linked to a number of thefts from motor vehicles over the last week in Tamworth," Oxley Detective Acting Inspector Jason Darcy told the Leader.
"This is the second arrest as part of Operation Southbreak, which was re-launched this week and shows Oxley police continue to make inroads into property crime in the city."
As part of his bail, Brown must live under house arrest, and not leave unless attending court. He's also prohibited from drinking alcohol and taking drugs; and undergo testing if requested by police; as well as posting the $5000 surety.
He will return to court later this month.
On Wednesday, Matthew Cubby was denied bail on charges of aggravated break-and-enter while people were home, and receiving stolen goods.
Police allege he was in possession of stolen goods connected to a break-and-enter at a Susanne Street home overnight on Tuesday.
MORE POLICE ROSTERED ON
Detective Darcy said extra police were rostered on and the operation was ramped up to combat rising property crime this week.
"Police will be tasked to concentrate on known hot spots, and that includes both uniformed police and plain clothes officers," he said.
"They'll be on push bikes, in marked cars, and unmarked cars; highway patrol is assisting us, and the community will see an increased presence in South and West Tamworth."
Detective Darcy warned known suspects would be targeted to ensure they are staying out of trouble or complying with bail conditions.
"In some of the aggravated break-and-enter reports, the descriptions of offenders are similar to suspects that have previously been identified in the course of our investigations, so we are working to solve those cases," he said.
In some of the aggravated break-and-enter reports, the descriptions of offenders are similar to suspects that have previously been identified in the course of our investigations, so we are working to solve those cases.Oxley Detective Acting Inspector Jason Darcy
"We will take action against anyone involved in property crime, and against those people who continue to assist or harbour these offenders.
"We know there are people that are protecting these offenders and they will be prosecuted because we will not stop until those persons are before the court.
"Police are currently investigating several people suspected of protecting offenders."
He also warned local businesses to be on high alert for juveniles paying for goods with debit or credit cards, especially after dark.
"We have police on 24 hours-a-day so if anyone does see people, especially juveniles, out and about or acting suspiciously, then call police so that we can patrol," Detective Darcy said.
"I would also make an appeal to businesses, especially 24-hour service stations, that if they do see young persons trying to obtain goods with those bank cards that have paywave technology, to confirm their identity before they make a transaction so that we can limit any fraud offending."