Man charged with 29 offences after rural crime spree - Strike Force Schwinghammer

Thursday, 23 February 2023 01:32:15 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Police have released images of property seized from the search warrant on the NSWPF social media pages

Officers from the Central North Police District have charged a man following an investigation into a string of alleged offences in the Nyngan and Cobar areas.

Strike Force Schwinghammer was formed to investigate increased rural crime related offences by the Bourke Rural Crime Prevention Team.

Following inquiries, Strike Force Schwinghammer police arrested a 27-year-old man in Nyngan about 3pm yesterday (Wednesday 22 February 2023).

A search warrant was executed at the home, where a large amount of suspected stolen property was located, consisting of power tools, ammunition, hunting equipment, a prohibited firearm, and prohibited drugs.

The man was taken to Nyngan Police Station and charged with 29 offences, including:

Seven counts of enter building/land with intent to commit indictable offence

Four counts of larceny value less than or equal to $2000

Two counts of break & enter house etc steal value less than or equal to $60,000

Two counts of damage property by fire/explosion

Destroy or damage property

Break & Enter house etc steal value greater than $60,000

Aggravated break and enter dwelling etc in company intend steal less than or equal to $60,000

Possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority

Fire firearm at other than dwelling disregarding safety

Possess unregistered firearm-pistol

Supply unregistered firearm-prohibited firearm

Participate criminal group contribute criminal activity

Larceny value greater than $5,000 & less than or equal to $15,000

Goods suspected stolen in/on premises

Goods in personal custody suspected being stolen

Possess prohibited drug

Supply prohibited drug less than or equal to small quantity

Police pursuit - not stop - drive recklessly

He was refused bail to appear before Dubbo Local Court yesterday (Wednesday 22 February 2023), where he was formally refused bail to reappear before the same court on Thursday 20 April 2023.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.