Police are on the hunt for two men and one juvenile from Toomelah after conducting raids on the NSW village last week.
One 14 year-old was arrested. In all there are 81 charges all relating to property offences in Gooondiwindi. But the hard work hasn’t stopped there. Goondiwindi Police intercepted a yellow Hyundai towing a trailer on Boundary Road on Friday at 8.30a.m.The car had been reported as stolen from Toowoomba.
Police allegedly found three stolen motorbikes in the trailer. Four juveniles from Toowoomba, Boggabilla and Toomelah have been arrested an charged with 48 property offences in Toowoomba and Goondiwindi. Also on Friday Goondiwindi Police interviewed two men in custody in NSW. From those interviews Police have issued arrest warrants over 14 Goondiwindi property offences.
Goondiwindi Regional Mayor, C Graeme Scheu has praised Police. “I can’t highlight enough, how valuable is the work done by our Police. Nor do I think nor that we fully appreciate the work involved in these cases.
“The effort and perseverance shown by (Officer-in-Charge) Sgt Richard Macintosh and his team is top class. The frustrating thing for Police would have been the criticism they faced while conducting their investigations,” he said. Many town residents took to social media condemning police for inaction.
However the difficulty posed by “cross-border” issues has led Cr Scheu to again call for trial of a joint-venture between Queensland and NSW Police to lessen the bureaucracy involved.
“It’s fine on the Gold Coast and the Tweed where there are sufficient resources but that’s not always the case in other border regions,” he said.
Cr Scheu has long pushed for “less border bureaucracy” over a whole range of issues from policing to fishing licences. His fight has taken him to Sydney where he has spoken with the NSW Government. It all began after confusion between NSW and Queensland emergency services during floods and the rescue of a Texas man from a roof.