Dodgy number plates spark carpark arrest
POLICE have arrested two Queenslanders driving a car with suspicious number plates following the search of a car in Shoppingworld carpark this morning.
Grafton Police duty officer Inspector Jo Reid said a highway patrol car noticed the vehicle driving south on the Summerland Way.
"The officer noted the car had different plates on the front and rear and one of the plates was from a car suspected to be stolen in Queensland," Insp Reid said.
"He saw the car drive into Shoppingworld and we were able to follow him."
Multiple police and highway patrol cars descended on the carpark at about 9am and two people in the car were arrested.
Insp Reid said a 31-year-old man from Berseraer in Queensland was found to have outstanding warrants in Queensland and was also charged with driving unlicensed.
His companion, a 19-year-old Hendra woman, was charged with possession of property stolen from outside the state.
The pair were bail refused in Grafton Local Court this afternoon and have been held pending an application from Queensland Police to extradite them.
This morning shoppers watched on as the police vehicles stopped at the Fitzroy Street entrance of the shopping centre before departing in different directions.
"I saw a police van, paddy wagon, two highway patrols," one witness said.
"They appeared to be talking to someone and some of the police got in the car and drove away."
One highway patrol car drove into Grafton Shoppingworld carpark.
"The highway patrol car proceeded to drive up and down the carpark before parking across from a car and started searching the car," the witness said.
"It was very odd to see a highway patrol car in the car park like that."