A wanted man who was found in a ceiling was one of three people arrested during a police operation in Mungindi over the weekend.
The 28-year-old man, who was wanted in connection with a number of rural theft offences allegedly committed in NSW and Queensland, was located by police in a ceiling cavity at an address in Campbell Street, Mungindi at 1.50pm on Sunday, February 23.
He was arrested and later charged in relation to two arrest warrants for revocation of parole and rural theft offences. The man was bail refused and attended Moree Local Court on Monday. He will be dealt with for offences allegedly committed in Queensland at a later date.
The arrest is the result of an operation which police commenced in Mungindi on Saturday, February 22.
Residents of Mungindi assisted with the apprehension of the man, and New England Police District Commander Superintendent Scott Tanner praised their efforts.
"The residents of Mungindi have again proved themselves with immense dedication and community spirit to assist us in ensuring the safety of their community," he said.
"We are both proud and thankful of their ongoing support."
Police from various locations including New England Police District, Rural Crime Prevention Team, Oxley Region Enforcement Squad, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, the Dog Unit and QLD Police Service conducted a search of the area, continuing throughout the night and into Sunday in search of the wanted man.
During the operation, a 29-year-old woman was also arrested in relation to outstanding arrest warrants at a house in Short Street, Mungindi at 8.45am on Saturday
On Sunday, during a search of the Campbell Street premises where the 28-year-old man was found, police located a .22 calibre rifle barrel with the receiver and bolt attached.
A 26-year-old man was arrested and taken to Mungindi Police Station where he was charged with a number of firearm offences. He was granted conditional bail to attend Mungindi Local Court on April 22.