Goondiwindi car thieves ram old border bridge to escape into NSW

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Thieves "rammed" their way through barricades on the old Border Bridge on Sunday night. File pic.

Car thieves rammed their way through barricades on the old Goondiwindi Border Bridge to escape into NSW on Sunday night.

Earlier the thieves had rammed through gates at the Goondiwindi Regional Council depot on the Barwon Highway.

The thefts occurred sometime before 11pm when surveillance cameras captured the thieves forcing their way across the bridge.

Three utilities were stolen.

One was found later painted in black paint believed to have been stolen from a roadwork campsite. Another was found burnt out on Racecourse Road, Boggabilla at 4am on Tuesday. Police are still searching for the third.

Five vehicles have been stolen from Goondiwindi in the past week. The thefts have "disgusted" Goondiwindi Regional Mayor, Cr Lawrence Springborg AM.

"Residents have every right to be disgusted, as I am," Cr Springborg said.

"We have great community pride throughout our region and that is something we must conserve and protect.

"While we may not be subject to any great lawlessness these sporadic outbreaks give us all the irrits.

"What particularly concerns me is not just the financial costs but the cost to our confidence and pride."

However he said he had great faith in the Goondiwindi Police and their NSW counterparts.

"We have to get on top of this and I know the police will," he said.

Ironically the thefts have coincided with a Council announcement detailing plans to install 36 new CCTV cameras costing $130,000 which will be installed in key locations identified in partnership with Police.

"While the cameras may not prevent every incidence of criminal damage, they certainly help to ensure those offenders are identified and brought before the justice system," Cr Lachlan Brennan said.

He said Council's existing CCTV network has already proved successful in assisting to identify offenders.

"Just recently, they helped to identify the individual who damaged the Talwood crossing gate at the Queensland border.

"It's also assisted police with investigations into recent illegal dumping and criminal damage to playground equipment."

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