Repeat offenders charged in Wagga

Three Wagga men have been charged after breaching their bail conditions.

Police Duty Officer Andrew Spliet said it was disappointing for officers to catch criminals, only to arrest them again for re-offending. 

“It is frustrating to come across the same people,” Inspector Spliet said. 

“But once they are bail refused by police, it’s a matter for the courts.”

A 36-year-old man was arrested on Thursday afternoon following the successful execution of a search warrant at Edney Street, Kooringal.

The man was charged with property and drug-related offences after police allege they found narcotics, including methamphetamine; stolen property and a self-constructed taser, disguised as a torch at the premises. 

“You don’t come across (hand-made tasers) very often,” Inspector Spliet said. 

“It’s good to get items like that off the street.”

Later that night, officers attempted to speak with a 25-year-old man for not wearing a helmet while riding a push bike in Tolland. 

When the rider took off at speed, police pursued. 

Following a search, the young man was found to be carrying a small amount of amphetamine. Police also believe the bike he was riding was stolen. 

Inspector Spliet said the third man was arrested, following an aggressive exchange early Friday morning. The 59-year-old was found lying on Glenfield Road after 12am. 

When officers pulled over to check the man’s welfare, he allegedly asked for a ride to Albury. After his request was denied, the man allegedly punched the officers’ car door and cracked a tail light. 

Inspector Spliet said the 59-year-old was charged with malicious damage, not two days after being charged over similar offences. 

All three men faced Wagga Local Court on Friday. 

Neighbourhood Watch president Wayne Deaner said the Wagga crime rate was staggering and he urged the community to demand for change.

“It’s just getting ridiculous,” Mr Deaner said. “These (criminals) are on bail and they’re doing the same thing time and time again.”

Mr Deaner said every time he walked down the street, he spoke to residents who were frustrated about repeat offenders being granted bail “again and again”.

City residents are invited to attend Neighbourhood Watch’s next community meeting on Wednesday June, 28 from midday to 1pm at Tolland’s community centre. 

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