UPDATE: AUSTRALIA’S most wanted fugitives, father and son duo Gino and Mark Stocco, are said to be back into NSW after the pair were reportedly seen stealing petrol from a service station in the state’s Riverina overnight.
Police say a white Toyota LandCruiser bearing South Australian number plates S415 AZL was involved in a petrol drive-off in South Gundagai at around 9pm on Saturday.
The vehicle can be seen on CCTV driving into the Mount Street service station, being filled up with fuel and driving off without paying.
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Police believe it is the same vehicle thought to have been stolen by the Stocco’s from Little Billabong, north of Holbrook, between 7pm on Sunday 18 October and 8am the following day.
Anyone who sees the vehicle is warned not approach it, but to contact Triple Zero immediately.
Wagga Wagga Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Darren Cloake, said they were keen to hear from people such as road workers, farmers, forestry workers, who might have noticed anything out of ordinary in their work environment to contact police.
“It might be something as simple as a blanket left out in an odd place, holes cut in fencing wire and fresh tyre tracks or food showing up where it is not expected.
“We would urge anyone who might encounter something like this, not to touch things and contact police.
“Again, if anyone spots the 4WD, Gino or Mark Stocco – we would urge them not to approach but to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately,” Detective Inspector Cloake said.
The desperate fugitives have been outrunning the law for the past eight years and are currently wanted in several Australian states for a range of alleged criminal offences.
Southern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Gary Worboys, said search operations in NSW will be based in Wagga Wagga.
“It will be under the banner of Strike Force Kalkadoon. The strike force will have the ability to call on resources from across the state if required, which would include specialist areas like the PolAir.
“One of our greatest assets in this will be information from the public.”