TWO passionate animal activists have been arrested and charged after allegedly breaking into several pig farms across southern NSW and installing hidden video surveillance.
Police in the small rural town of Cootamundra, about 100km north west of Wagga Wagga, formed Strike Force Shubach in 2013 after a piggery in Young reported a break in.
During the early stages of the investigation, it was discovered several other piggeries across southern NSW had also been broken into.
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In June this year, Strike Force investigators executed two simultaneous raids, one in Adelaide and the other in Sydney suburb of Ryde, during which police say “a plethora of evidence” was examined.
A 24-year-old Adelaide man and a 37-year-old Ryde woman were arrested and have since been charged with 22 offences between them.
Police allege the pair broke into the piggeries and installed electronic recording devices in contravention of the Surveillance Devices Act.
They will both face the Cootamundra Local Court on 7 December.
The Crime Manager for the Cootamundra Local Area Command, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Huxtable commended his officers for their efforts.
“Detective Clancy has worked tirelessly on this investigation which is still ongoing,” Detective Ch Insp Huxtable said.
“It is never appropriate to break the law to further your cause. In doing so you jeopardise your own safety, that of the farmers and their families, as well as risking significant danger to the animals through the breaching of strict bio-security provisions.”