Two men on the run from police after a series of alleged robberies and other offences throughout the Riverina and Hume districts in southern NSW, have been arrested in Wollongong.
From Friday 10 November 2017 through to this morning (Monday 13 November 2017), a number of armed robberies, aggravated break and enters and a carjacking occurred in Griffith, Cootamundra, Wagga Wagga, and The Hume Local Area Commands.
In one incident on Sunday (12 November 2017), a woman was allegedly hit in the stomach with the end of a firearm during an aggravated break and enter at Yanco.
It is further alleged two men had been travelling throughout the State’s south in a number of different stolen cars.
About 10pm on Sunday (12 November 2017), police attempted to stop the men who were travelling in a stolen Nissan Patrol utility on the Hume Motorway at Mittagong.
The stolen Nissan did not stop and police initiated a pursuit just south of Bargo. About 10.30pm, the stolen Nissan allegedly rammed a marked police car at Colo Road, Colo Vale.
The stolen Nissan managed to drive a short distance before the two men ran into nearby bushland.
A woman who was also travelling in the car was arrested and is assisting police with their enquiries at Bowral Police Station.
No officers were injured during the incident but the police car sustained substantial damage.
A search of the area was conducted but the men were not located. The stolen Nissan utility has been seized for forensic examination.
Earlier today (Monday 13 November 2017), police were involved in pursuits with other stolen cars in the Camden and Wollongong Local Area Commands.
About 10.20am, a stolen Mitsubishi Outlander was seen at Picton. The car mounted the kerb and ran over an electrical sub-station causing a loss of power in the area.
Police were waved down by a woman in the car park of a shopping centre on Colden Street, Picton.
A 41-year-old woman and her elderly parents, aged 80 and 84, had allegedly been confronted by two men and removed from their Subaru Imprezza before the two men fled in the car.
The 84-year-old man was treated for shock and taken to Bowral Hospital as a precaution.
The stolen Mitsubishi was recovered and seized for forensic examination.
The car was tracked by Polair and, just after 11am, two men were seen running from a stolen vehicle at Figtree in Wollongong.
Following a foot pursuit, two men, aged 24 and 26, were arrested in a canal nearby.
Both men were taken to Wollongong Police Station and are assisting police with their enquiries.
Strike Force Carolan was established by detectives from Griffith Local Area Command, and is now liaising with other commands to investigate all incidents.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to these incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via social media pages.
Source: NSW Police