A TWEED man has been extradited back over the border after being arrested on the Gold Coast.
The 21-year-old was being investigated under ‘Operation Marauder’, which was launched in January this year to investigate ongoing vehicle, property theft and fraud offences on the state’s far north coast and border communities.
He is accused of stealing a pink Holden Barina from a carpark in Coolangatta earlier this year and travelling into NSW, using a stolen bank card to buy booze at a bottle shop on Tweed Valley Way, South Murwillumbah.
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Officers from the Tweed/Byron Police District did launch a public appeal on Facebook to track down the man on Friday, confirming he was wanted on a warrant.
The man is accused of using the posts to taunt police, re-sharing them on his own social media, telling officers to “come get me dogs FTP.”
It didn’t take long for officers to find him, arresting him in Palm Beach.
“Following extensive inquiries and a public social media appeal, Tweed/Byron PD officers – with assistance from the Northern Rivers Region Enforcement Squad and the Queensland Police Service – arrested the 21-year-old at Palm Beach in Queensland about 5.30pm on Friday 28 August,” a police statement read.
“NSW Police applied for and were granted an extradition, before the man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.
“Police would like to thank the media and the community for their assistance.”
The Uki man has since been charged with drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, dishonestly obtain property by deception and never licensed person drive vehicle on road and will appear in court later today.
Investigations under Operation Marauder are ongoing.