Luke Jones and Bruce Dyball
Luke Jones and Bruce Dyball NSW Police

UPDATED: One of two fugitives caught by police

UPDATE: ONE of two wanted fugitives subject of a large-scale manhunt in the border region has been caught by police.

Bruce Dyball, 29, was taken into custody about noon and is being taken to hospital for assessment after an exhaustive search overnight near Goondiwindi, Dirranbandi and St George.

Dyball, together with another wanted man Luke Jones, 27, evaded police for more than two days, crossing into Queensland's Goondiwindi and St George area after running from NSW police.

South West District Detective Inspector Paul Hart said the pair was known to police and suspected they had broken from a larger group possibly behind a string of offences in the Goondiwindi and St George regions in recent weeks.

An exhaustive hunt for the pair entered Queensland Tuesday afternoon when information from the public led police to Cubbie Station near Goondiwindi.

Police had identified that man as Dyball, wanted for parole violations and on suspicious of serious criminal offences in Queensland including break and enters and firearms thefts in recent weeks.

He is believed to have then fled the cotton plantation where police suspect he holed up overnight in frigid temperatures and on tough terrain.

Dyball was believed to be armed and police are investigating after a member of the public reported a confrontation with him near where a stolen vehicle was found bogged about 6pm Tuesday.

"We are still trying to confirm exactly what happened at that point," Detective Inspector Hart said.

Private fixed-wing aircraft and police dog squads have been used in an effort to locate Dyball who is wanted on a number of break and enter offences, Detective Inspector Hart said.

Firearms have been reported stolen in those instances, he said.

"We're aware this pair is responsible for break and enters in the South West district in Queensland, but probably more so on the New South Wales side of the border.

"The particular person of interest is the focus of several serious matters in Queensland and we are making every attempt to apprehend him."

"It's always a concern when someone is actively avoiding apprehension and we know they have firearms, or potentially have access to firearms," he said.

"So on that point we're advising members of the community if they see people on their property and they shouldn't be there - whether they are armed or not - to contact police."


IF YOU see these two men, do not approach them, but call police immediately.

Bruce Dyball, 29, and Luke Jones, 27, are wanted by police and believed to be in the north of the state, between the NSW and Queensland border.

Dyball is wanted on an outstanding Queensland warrant for revocation of parole.

He is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, 180cm tall, with a fair complexion, slim build and brown hair.

Police are looking for Bruce Dyball.
Police are looking for Bruce Dyball. NSW Police

Officers attached to New England Police District believe Bruce Dyball may be travelling with another man, Luke Jones, aged 27.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 170cm tall, medium build with brown hair and blue eyes.

It is believed the two men are in the vicinity of the New South Wales and Queensland Border.

Police are looking for Luke Jones.
Police are looking for Luke Jones. NSW Police

Anyone who sees these two men are urged not to approach them, and contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.

  • Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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