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Two arrested over Evans Head ram raid

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Between 9.40pm on Tuesday (September 3) and 1.30am on Wednesday a Nissan Patrol was reported stolen from Stapleton Street, Casino.

Fifteen minutes later it was filled with petrol at a Casino service station. The occupants drove off without paying.

About 2.40am it was used in a ram raid on the bottle shop attached to the Illawong Hotel on Oak Street, Evans Head.

According to reports, a number of suspects got out of the vehicle and stole a large amount of alcohol and cigarettes.

Around 3am police were called to Queen Elizabeth Park in Casino where the Nissan Patrol was found to be on fire.

At 4.15pm police attended a location on East Street, Casino, where two men (aged 18 and 19) were arrested. Police located a significant quantity of alcohol and cigarettes on the property.

Both were taken to Casino Police Station.

A 19-year-old Tabulam man was charged with stealing motor vehicle and being an unlicensed person driving a vehicle.

An 18-year-old Casino man was charged with aggravated beak, enter and steal, fail to pay (petrol), carried in conveyance without consent of owner and breach of bail.

Both men were refused bail.

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