Accused thief sprung with trolley of goods in court
UPDATE 9.07am: AN ALLEGED thief will face court today charged over a break-in at a home near Lismore.
Just after 8.30am on Monday, police were called to a unit block Jubilee Ave, Goonellabah, following reports of a break-in.
Richmond Local Area Command officers attended the location, and located various items in the backyard that are believed to be stolen from the unit.
During a search of the area, a 40-year-old man was stopped on McDermott Ave.
Police will allege the man resisted officers and pepper spray was deployed to subdue him. No one was injured.
The man was subsequently searched and officers seized cannabis and house breaking implements.
He was taken to Lismore Police Station, where he was charged with break, enter, and steal; possess house breaking implements, possess prohibited drug, and resist arrest.
The man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court.
TUESDAY 6.05am: TWO police officers have used pepper spray to help them arrest a man in Goonellabah over several offences.
Police will allege that about 8:30am on Boxing day they saw a 40-year-old man with a large TV and household items in a shopping trolley on McDermott Avenue, Goonellabah, Senior Constable David Henderson said.
Police became suspicious of the man and spoke to him.
Police were than approached by a witness who gave them certain information, which led police to advise the man that he was under arrest for break, enter and steal, Snr Const Henderson said.
However, the man then violently struggled with the two female police officers, who were forced to use OC spray to subdue him.
The man was searched and found to be in possession of cannabis.
He was treated by an ambulance for the OC spray then taken to Lismore Police station, Snr Const Henderson said.
He was charged with break enter and steal, resist police, possess housebreaking implements and possess prohibited drug.
He was also given an infringement notice for an unrelated stealing in Woodlark Street last week, Snr Const Henderson said.
The police were uninjured and continued their shift.
All of the allegedly stolen property will be returned to its rightful owner.