Police on the NSW-Queensland border have arrested and charged two men after parts from a burnt-out stolen car were found fitted to another vehicle.
Just before 1am on Monday (12 July), a silver-coloured 2008-model turbo Ford Falcon sedan was allegedly stolen from Wharf Street, Murwillumbah.
The owner reported the alleged theft a short time later and police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command attended the scene and commenced inquiries.
Late on Monday night, the $55,000 vehicle was found burnt-out on Wardrop Valley Road at Murwillumbah.
As a result of investigations, police executed a search warrant on Fernvale Road, Fernvale, and arrested three men. They were taken to Tweed Heads Police Station for questioning.
The burnt-out vehicle, a second vehicle allegedly fitted with the turbo-charger component from the stolen Falcon and other car parts have been seized for scientific examination.
A 21-year-old Pottsville man was charged with damage property by fire/explosive and drive while disqualified from holding a licence.
He has been refused bail to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court today.
A 23-year-old Pottsville man was charged with damage property by fire/explosive and conditionally bailed to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday 26 July 2010.
A 28-year-old Fernvale man was released from custody pending further inquiries.
Investigations into the incident are ongoing and further arrests have not been ruled out.
Tweed/Byron LAC Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Shane Diehm, praised the good work of investigating police – particularly officers from Murwillumbah.
“This is part of our ongoing concentration on property crime, car rebirthing and reducing crime in the Tweed region,” Det Insp Diehm said.
“We will continue to target offenders who have little or no regard for others’ property.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information that might assist investigators is urged to contact Tweed Heads Police Station via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.