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Pair arrested after smashing car into Tintenbar store

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Two men will face court today after allegedly breaking into a house, brandishing a knife at a female resident, stealing her car keys and later using the car to ram a Tintenbar shop, then making off with alcohol and cigarettes

Police allege that at 11:30pm on Thursday (June 28) a 25-year-old Ballina man broke into the woman’s Ballina home armed with a knife, which he used to forcibly steal a number of items before making off in her car.

Later that night, police say he and a 27-year-old Kempsey man used a crowbar in an attempt break into a store at Tintenbar. Unable to gain access, they allegedly rammed the recently stolen car into the front of the store. They entered the store and stole alcohol and cigarettes.

On Monday police raided a property in Biala Place, Ballina, where the 25-year-old was found hiding in a bedroom, lying on top of a large knife.

The Kempsey man- who also had six outstanding warrants – was found hiding in the roof cavity. Proceeds from the alleged break-in were also recovered.

The Ballina man was charged with armed, aggravated breaking and entering, stalking stealing a car and resisting police.

The Kempsey man was charged with aggravated breaking and entering, stalking stealing a car, possession of stolen goods and resisting police. Six outstanding warrants were also executed.

As a result of further investigation during the search warrant, a 20-year-old Ballina woman was charged with resisting police, hindering discovery of evidence, dealing with the proceeds of crime and concealing a serious offence.

All three were were bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.




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