CCTV exposes police suspect still at large
POLICE are still searching for a man believed to be in his mid 20s who led them on a chase through South Grafton and Coutts Crossing on Thursday after stealing a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Sergeant Darren Williams said police believe they know the identity of the man and it is just a matter of time before they catch him.
"We have a number of options as to what we can do," Sgt Williams said.
The pursuit started at South Grafton on Thursday 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.