A man and woman have been charged following an investigation into two break-ins at Casino and Kyogle during the last month.
About 9pm on December 12, three men allegedly broke into a home on Centre Street at Casino. One of the offenders was allegedly armed with a syringe and another with an axe.
The offenders allegedly demanded money from the 42-year-old resident and assaulted him. The men allegedly stole cash and a gold watch before leaving.
Between 2pm on December 30 and 5pm on December 31, a shed at a property on Summerland Way, Kyogle, was allegedly broken into. Several items of property including a quad bike on a trailer and three firearms with ammunition were taken.
Just after 10pm on December 31, police stopped a Toyota Landcruiser on the Summerland Way at Kyogle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, a number of items allegedly connected with the break-in at Kyogle – including the quad bike and trailer and two firearms – were located in the car.
A 40-year-old woman driving the vehicle was arrested and taken to Casino Police Station. She was later charged with break and enter – accessory after the fact, and goods in custody (x3). The woman was granted conditional bail to appear before Casino Local Court on January 27.
Following further investigations, detectives from Richmond Local Area Command raided a house in Fairy Hill on January 1.
During raid, police allegedly seized a third firearm and ammunition and several other items suspected of being stolen.
About 8.40am the same day, Casino Highway Patrol officers sighted a white Holden Commodore sedan travelling towards Casino along the Summerland Way. As the Holden passed them, officers allegedly noticed a man attempting to hide in the rear of the vehicle.
Officers stopped the vehicle and arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with the two break-ins. He was taken to Casino Police Station and charged with eight offences:
– Break, enter and steal;
– Goods in custody (x3);
– Possess unauthorised firearm;
– Not keep firearm safely;
– Possess unauthorised firearm – not prohibited firearm/pistol; and
– Possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority.
The man was refused bail and has appeared before Lismore Local Court where he was remanded.
Investigations into the matters are continuing.