ONE Tamworth man is behind bars, and another has been charged with arson, accused of torching a car after police made a breakthrough in the three-month investigation.
It's the police case the arson is related to members of an outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) in Tamworth, with police storming a gathering of the members on Wednesday.
Benjamin James Thornley was arrested by Oxley police who moved in on a unit in Robert Street.
He's facing a charge of torching a Toyota Tarago - which is at the centre of a drug seizure - after a public appeal last month.
The van erupted in flames about 3am on March 25 after it was parked outside a business in Aberdeen Street. Two men were seen running from the fire towards Edinburgh Street, and last month police released CCTV images as part of their investigation.
Police got the breakthrough they needed, arresting Thornley, and a second man on Wednesday, who has been granted bail.
"As a result of that information received from the public appeal, police executed a search warrant at a unit in Robert Street on Wednesday," Oxley Detective Inspector Jason Darcy told the Leader.
"Two men were arrested and have been charged with arson.
"We will allege in court that is connected to the van that was set alight on the morning of March 25 in West Tamworth."
Thornley spent the night in custody and appeared in Tamworth Local Court on Thursday. He was not required to enter a plea to the charge of destroying property worth more than $5000 by fire while in company.
He also had three other unrelated matters - some of which were from Inverell Local Court - relisted in the same court including charges of supplying more than an indictable quantity of drugs; and possessing a prohibited drug.
He did not enter pleas to any of the allegations, and solicitor Rasha Shammas made no application for bail.
It was formally refused by magistrate Julie Soars who adjourned the case.
The Toyota is at the centre of a drug investigation, which has already seen four people charged. All four remain before the court.
It's the police case that the Tarago was intercepted on March 22 by police who searched the van and uncovered cash and methylamphetamine.
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