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Police scour bush for wanted man

THURSDAY: POLICE searched properties, scoured bushland and chased leads but the hunt for a wanted man continued into the night.

The pursuit started at South Grafton yesterday morning when the man, believed to be in his early to mid 20s, stole a Toyota LandCruiser ute with a packed trailer and dumped it next to the train tracks directly behind Mulgi Dr, off Armidale Rd.

The offender escaped on foot at about 8am but stole a second vehicle from outside TEAL Windows.

He then continued to Coutts Crossing where he failed to pay for petrol at a service station - later proving a silly mistake.

It is believed police were able to identify the man from CCTV footage and continued their search south.

A crime scene was later established around Upper Orara when police located the second vehicle dumped on Jersey Bull Rd near the Bindarri National Park.

It appeared the man either crashed the car or attempted to push it down an embankment.

Officers used a police dog to try to track the man, who had reportedly fled on foot.

The man was still at large late last night.

He is described as 185-190cm tall of solid build, fair complexion with short ginger hair.

He is believed to be wearing a light-coloured t-shirt, grey track pants, and possibly a red/black cap.

Anyone with information is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

WEDNESDAY 11.45AM: Police are searching for a man in Upper Orara bushland after a stolen vehicle started a high speed pursuit in South Grafton this morning.

The person of interest is described by Coffs Clarence Local Area Command as 185-190cm tall of solid build, fair complexion and short ginger hair, early to mid 20's.

The man is believed to be wearing a light coloured t-shirt and grey coloured track pants, possibly wearing a red/black cap.

The man is currently on foot, but believed that he may attempt to steal a motor vehicle in the area.

Residents and workers in the Dairyville and Jersey Bull Road area are advised to ensure property and vehicles are secured and report anything suspicious.

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.
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. Rob Wright

EARLIER 11.30AM:  Police are searching for a man in bushland near Dairyville who is wanted in relation to a dramatic crime spree this morning that started with a high speed pursuit in South Grafton.

A crime scene has been established around a stolen vehicle that has been dumped on Jersey Bull Rd near the Bindarri National Park and officers are this morning using a police dog to try and track the man, who has reportedly fled on foot. 

The man is believed to have stolen a vehicle from a business, south of Grafton, after an earlier pursuit with officers.

Police said the man drove a four-wheel-drive towing a trailer over railway lines to avoid officers. 

The man is said to have fled on foot after dumping the utility.

A second vehicle was then reported stolen a short time later from a nearby property and it is understood that vehicle was involved in a fail to pay offence at a Coutts Crossing service station. 

Police recover the stolen Land Cruiser near rail lines on Lilypool Rd at South Grafton
Police recover the stolen Land Cruiser near rail lines on Lilypool Rd at South Grafton

All available police vehicles in the Coffs Clarence were instructed to block possible getaway routes between Grafton, Ulong, Dorrigo and Coffs Harbour.

The stolen vehicle was found by police around 10.30am and the search for the man is underway. 

More details to follow when they come to hand.

EARLIER 8.30AM: Police are on the hunt for the driver of a vehicle that was found abandoned near Lilypool Rd, South Grafton this morning.

A white Toyota Land Cruiser with a trailer full of camping gear was found in ditch next to the train tracks.

Police believe the vehicle was stolen.

The driver left the scene. 

Updates to follow

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Topics:  coffs clarence local area command grafton nsw police police stolen vehicle



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