TWO alleged sheep-hustlers accused of stealing livestock and on-selling them have been arrested in NSW.
The pair, aged 67 and 36, are accused of pilfering more than 1000 sheep from properties around Fords Bridge, 60km northwest of Bourke.
Officers setup Strike Force Horsell to investigate the thefts and, following investigations, raided a property at Fords Bridge on Wednesday, August 16.
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The search allegedly uncovered a stolen bulldozer and a stash of stock ear tags, as well as four unregistered firearms, six unsecured guns, and a pile of stock records and documents.
Following the raid, a 36-year-old man attended Bourke Police Station on Friday where he was arrested and charged with steal cattle, use telecommunication device to threaten/harass/intimidate and threaten witness.
He was remanded in custody overnight and appeared in Bourke Local Court this morning where he was granted strict conditional bail to reappear on Thursday, September 7.
A second 67-year-old man handed himself into police this morning. He was arrested and charged with stealing cattle, larceny and possession of three or more firearms with one prohibited.
He was refused bail and will front Bourke Local Court tomorrow.
Darling River Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Rod Grant said the stolen stock had a potential value pushing well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“While earmarking, tagging, securing your property and accurate stock recording are excellent deterrents to stock theft; I strongly encourage the rural community to report all theft and suspicious behaviour to police,” he said.
“What may appear to be a minor theft or odd behaviour to a local farmer could be the missing piece of information to help police identify an offender”.
“A number of allegedly unregistered and unsecured firearms were also located during this investigation as well.”
The current Firearms Amnesty runs until September 30.
Firearms and firearm-related items can be surrendered under amnesty arrangements at approved drop-off points, which include licensed firearm dealers, mobile stations, and police stations.
For more information on the amnesty, click here or call 1800 909 826.