Alleged car thief to spend Christmas on the inside

JUST two days after he was placed on a good behaviour bond in June, police allege James Robinson stole a car from a South Lismore business.

Plain-clothes officers caught up with the 19-year-old Bonalbo man on Tuesday in Lismore. He was wanted for breaching his bond for possessing an unregistered firearm and receiving stolen property.

Robinson had avoided capture several times over the past fortnight, including one instance when he evaded officers by swimming across the Richmond River at Casino.

When officers found Robinson behind a Lismore unit after a foot pursuit during which he scaled a 3.5m fence.

He was taken to Lismore police station, refused bail and charged with 10 offences including vehicle theft, malicious damage and driving while disqualified.

Police allege Robinson maliciously damaged the front gates of Clements Haulage before he stole a Ford Ranger ute on the night of August 28.

Five days later it is alleged Robinson damaged the gates of Shipways Haulage at South Lismore, before he broke into a maroon Ford Falcon sedan and fled in a stolen Isuzu D-Max ute.

Robinson did not apply for bail and all charges were adjourned until next month.



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