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A man and a woman have been charged over a crime spree that ended in an alleged attempted carjacking on the Pacific Highway last Friday afternoon (April 7).

At about 4.30pm officers attempted to stop a black Toyota Rav4 with Queensland number plates as it travelled north along the Pacific Highway at Clarenza.

They allege the vehicle failed to stop and a police pursued the car through James Creek and Chatsworth Island, before a set of road spikes at Mororo brought the vehicle to a halt.

The driver and two passengers then allegedly approached a white van in the southbound lane of the Pacific Highway.

One of the three allegedly produced a replica firearm and attempted the carjack the van.

Police arrested one of the occupants on the spot: a 34-year-old man.

The remaining two people, a 23-year-old woman and a 15-year-old teenage boy, were stopped soon after on Mororo Road.

All three were taken to Grafton Police Station.

The man was charged with stealing offences allegedly relate to incidents at a bottleshop on Woodburn Street at Evans Head and a sporting store on the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour on Sunday, April 2.

They were also charged with a break and enter that allegedly occurred at a home on Sumatra Place, Port Macquarie on Thursday, April 6.

They were both refused bail to appear at Grafton Local Court today (Saturday 8 April 2017) where they were refused bail again to reappear at the same court on Monday (10 April 2017).

The boy was released pending further inquiries.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/


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