A 28-year-old Byron Bay man has been charged in relation to a ram raid on the BP General Store at Wollongbar in October last year.
Police arrested the man on Tuesday at an address in Bayshore Drive.
Police allege the man was responsible for stealing Hyundai Excel from a Wollongbar address on 27 October, 2014, and driving it to the BP on the Bruxner Highway.
‘The car was used to smash through the front doors. Cash and 61 cartons of cigarettes were stolen,’ police said.
‘The car was located in Wardell later that morning. It had been set alight and was totally destroyed.’
An investigation commenced and at 11.20am on Tuesday police from the Richmond Target Action Group, attended an address on Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay where they arrested the 28-year-old man.
He was taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with break, enter and steal, take and drive conveyance and malicious damage by fire.
Police said It cost $15,500.00 to repair the damage to the store and over $6,500 worth of goods were stolen and never recovered.