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91 people arrested in Western Region during Operation Western Mongoose

Monday, 04 July 2022 04:25:12 PM

Police in the state’s western region have arrested 91 people during an 11-week operation targeting property-related offences.

Operation Western Mongoose was established in April 2022 to investigate property offences, break and enters, and vehicle thefts throughout Oxley Police District.

Between Tuesday 12 April 2022 and Sunday 28 June 2022, officers attached to Oxley Police District – with assistance from specialist units – performed 91 arrests and created 141 charges with 353 sequences in total. 42 of the arrests were juveniles.

Charges include:

- Be carried in conveyance w/o consent of owner (x39);

- Enter Building/land w/i commit indictable offence (x10);

- Participate in criminal group contribute criminal activity (10);

- Steal motor vehicle (x10);

- Aggravated break and enter dwelling etc in company steal (x9);

- conveyance taken w/o consent of owner (x8);

- Goods in custody (x7);

- Never licensed person drive on road (x7);

- Break and enter dwelling with intent (x6); and

- Take and drive conveyance taken w/o consent of owner (x6)

Superintendent Kylie Endemi, Oxley Police District Commander, says local police received valuable assistance from other specialist units - such as the Proactive Crime Team, Traffic and Highway Patrol, Western Region Enforcement Squad, and the Youth Command – which supported the operational strategy.

“Operation Mongoose was a collaborative effort between Oxley Police District and these other specialist units of the NSW Police Force which resulted in a significant reduction in crime in the area,” Superintendent Endemi said.

“It has also greatly strengthened our stakeholder engagement, focusing on crime prevention and diversionary strategies, which has ultimately enhanced community safety and awareness,” Supt Endemi said.