Taskings to address the theft and illegal use of motorbikes and quad bikes in Moree continues with police seizing and recovering four motorbikes in the past week.
Around 3.30am on Wednesday, September 20 police were called to Boundary Street were a blue Yamaha quad bike was located in the street – the bike was returned to Moree Police Station for further enquiries.
Later that night police located a blue Yamaha quad bike outside units in Brand Street – the quad bike was also returned to Moree Police Station pending forensic examination.
A motorbike was seized from a 19-year-old man near the intersection of Maude and Tycannah Streets around 1.20pm on Friday, September 22.
The local man has been charged with Never licensed person drive vehicle on road - prior offence, responsible person/custodian not disclose driver's details, never licensed person drive vehicle on road - prior offence, use unregistered registrable Class A motor vehicle on road, negligent driving (no death or grievous bodily harm), drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous-1st off and Goods in personal custody suspected being stolen (m/v).
Around 5pm on Sunday police located two females riding a quad bike in Mitchell Street.
The females, aged 15, were issued a warning for related traffic offences – the quad bike was seized pending proof of ownership
“It is common knowledge that locations have and continue to be targeted due to the presence of trail and quad bikes,” Superintendent Paul McDonald said.
“Many of these offenders are juveniles who are inexperienced and riding without proper safety equipment at high speed. Police have concerns as to the safety of the riders and members of the public.
“Offenders riding the bikes pose a significant risk to themselves and others. This is a dangerous act and one that is likely to lead to serious injury or possibly even death for those involved.”
Whilst local Police will continue to use a number of strategies to target offenders they recommend that owners of motorcycles and quad bikes take the necessary steps to ensure that their vehicles are adequately secured.
Ensuring that keys to the vehicles are removed from the ignition and other locking devices such as disks locks, kill switches and/or steering locks are in place.
Police are also seeking information into the whereabouts of a red Suzuki quad bike stolen from Baroma Downs Road, Croppa Creek earlier this month.
Police continue investigations into a number of stolen bikes and anyone with information about vehicle thefts in the Moree area is encourage to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.
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