Clarence Valley criminals make nation's most wanted top 20
TWO people with connections to the Clarence Valley have been named among Australia's 20 most wanted fugitives.
Taylor John Ware, 30, and Geoffrey Franklin Wallace, 51, have both appeared in the top 20 list released by Crime Stoppers yesterday in the lead-up to the launch of Operation Roam 2015.
Operation Roam is a joint operation between police and Crime Stoppers Australia that promotes the exchange of information to help track down wanted fugitives from across the country.
This year the list includes people wanted for a number of offences, including murder, rape, abduction and fraud and drug offences.
Five of the 20 fugitives are wanted by the NSW Police Force.
Ware is wanted on warrants for more than 20 offences, regarding an alleged aggravated break and enter and police pursuit, as well as alleged larceny, trespassing and stealing offences committed in Corindi Beach between May and July 2014.
In November last year police appealed to the public for information on his whereabouts, following the creation of Strike Force Doura to investigate a syndicate allegedly involved in the theft of motor vehicles and property from commercial premises in the local area.
At the time, detectives believed Mr Ware may have been in the Coffs Harbour, Coramba or Grafton areas.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance with a fair complexion, about 180-185cm tall, with red hair, brown eyes and of a medium build.
Geoffrey Wallace, meanwhile, is wanted over an alleged aggravated break and enter and assault in Corindi on Thursday, June 5 this year.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 182cm tall, with brown/grey hair, brown eyes and of a medium build.
Assistant Commissioner Peter Barrie said Operation Roam represented a national joint effort between Crime Stoppers, police and the wider community.
"Operation Roam sends a clear message that we are all working together - with the support of our community - to help capture some of the country's most wanted people," he said.
"Crime Stoppers has shown that even the smallest piece of information can be crucial to solving a crime or locating a wanted person.
"This year we'll also be sharing information across our social media platforms, which have proven to be a very powerful communication tool."
Crime Stoppers NSW CEO Peter Price said through Crime Stoppers members of the public worldwide assisted police to solve a crime every 14 minutes.
"These people are living right here, amongst us, maybe even next door to you so please look at these photos carefully," he said.
"We urge you to contact Crime Stoppers either by phone or website - where you can remain anonymous - if you think you know where these people are.
"Members of the community should not approach or attempt to apprehend a wanted person, but instead contact Triple Zero or Crime Stoppers immediately."
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Taylor or Wallace can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The full list of wanted people involved in Operation Roam 2015 can be found at http://www.crimestopperswa.com.au/operationroam.