Deni man arrested for ram raids

By Zoe McMaugh

A 33 year-old Deniliquin man has been charged in relation to ram raid thefts in Moama and Wakool earlier this year.

In both bases, an ATM was stolen - from a Wakool licensed premises on February 20 and the Moama Marketplace on February 25.

Murray River Police District Inspector Paul Huggett said the man will appear before Deniliquin Court this Tuesday on the two aggravated break, enter and steal ram raid offences.

He will also face a charge for discharge of an unauthorised firearm and in relation to four stolen motor vehicles.

The arrest comes after an intensive eight month investigation by NSW Police Force's Robbery and Serious Crimes officers, in conjunction with Murray River Police District.

Those investigations lead police to conduct a full day search at Deniliquin's Four Post Camp in April this year.

Volunteers from other local emergency services were called in to assist with the painstaking line searches of the scrub land surrounding the camp.

Police claim to have found drug paraphernalia and ‘‘other items of interest’’ during the search, but no sign of the ATM.

In late May, pieces of a stolen Wakool ATM and firearms were located in the Edward River and irrigation channels near Deniliquin.

They were found in a second painstaking search conducted over five days.

More in Tuesday's Pastoral Times.