Sheep hustlers threaten man with rifle near Wagga

A MAN has been threatened at gunpoint after stumbling across three men trying to steal a flock of sheep from a paddock south-west of Wagga Wagga in the NSW Riverina.

The incident allegedly occurred in the Bidgeemia area, around 100 kilometres outside of Wagga Wagga, around 7.15pm last Friday 19 August.

Police said the man was driving through the area when he noticed a truck backed up against a fence and three men attempting to load sheep into the back.


The man pulled over and went to investigate at which point police said one of the three thieves threatened him with a rifle before fleeing empty handed.

Despite the threat of being shot, the man followed the truck as it headed towards Urana.

Police said the man backed off after one of the would-be thieves again threatened to shoot him.

The Wagga Wagga Rural Crime Investigator has been tasked to investigate the incident and is now appealing for anyone with information about the truck, or the men involved, to contact Wagga Wagga police.

The truck was described as being a white stock carrier and at the time had no front or rear registration plates.

The men were described being either of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern or Asian in appearance, all aged between 25 and 40, with dark complexions, long, black shoulder-length hair and long full beards.

Anyone who spots the truck or its occupants is urged to contact police immediately.