Stolen police car recovered

A STOLEN unmarked police car, believed to have been the one driven by Tweed’s top cop, has been found in Queensland.

A NSW Police spokesperson said the car belonged to the Tweed/Byron area, but would not confirm rumours it was local area commander Michael Kenny’s car.

“Queensland police have recovered an unmarked police vehicle (Toyota Camry) attached to Tweed/Byron local area command, which was stolen during a break-in at a home on New South Wales’ Far North Coast,” the spokesperson said.

“An alleged offender was arrested and charged by Queensland police. He was refused bail and is due to appear at Richland Local Court in Queensland on January 28.”

The car was stolen from the home of an off-duty police officer who was on call.

Tweed/Byron detectives travelled to Queensland yesterday to interview the arrested man in relation to a number of motor vehicle thefts, the spokesperson said.

Shortly after the police car was stolen, during the Christmas period, Super-intendent Kenny went on sick leave.

“Superintendent Michael Kenny is currently on an indefinite period of leave,” the spokesperson said.

“From today (yesterday), Superintendent Jeffrey Loy will act as Tweed/Byron’s commander until Superintendent Kenny’s return.”

It is not clear what Supt Kenny’s condition is, or how long he will be off work.

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