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Car thief is still on the run

Police set up a roadblock at the entrance to Bindarri National Park near Dairyville as part of an operation to track down a wanted man. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Police set up a roadblock at the entrance to Bindarri National Park near Dairyville as part of an operation to track down a wanted man. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate Rob Wright

POLICE are calling on the Clarence Valley Community to provide any information about a man wanted for two lengthy pursuits and a number of car thefts between Grafton and Coffs Harbour.

The wanted man was tracked from South Grafton to Bindarri National Park.
The wanted man was tracked from South Grafton to Bindarri National Park.

Coffs/Clarence police are still looking for the man, believed to be in his early to mid 20s, who stole a Toyota Land Cruiser ute and dumped it next to the train lines at South Grafton on Wednesday.

Police retrieved the vehicle directly behind Mulgi Dr at about 8am, after he had fled the scene on foot.

The man reportedly ran from the vehicle when it got stuck in a ditch next to the track and stole a second vehicle from outside TEAL Windows.

He continued to Coutts Crossing where he filled up with fuel and failed to pay.

It is believed police were able to identify the man from CCTV footage at the service station.

At about 10am Wednesday, police found the second vehicle abandoned at Upper Orara, near the entrance of Bindarri National Park.

Police continued to search the park, deploying a sniffer dog and many resources, to try track the man.

The man remained at large as The Daily Examiner went to print last night.

He is described as 185-190cm tall of solid build, fair complexion with short ginger hair. At the time of the offences he was believed to have been wearing a light-coloured t-shirt, grey track pants, and possibly a red/black cap.

Topics:  coffs clarence local area command, editors picks, nsw police




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