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12 April 2001

Ratters go bush

On Monday, April 9, 2001 police attended an agitator site on the Coocoran Opal Field where they took a report of approximately one point five metres of opal bearing dirt being stolen from the agitator.

Police, acting on intelligence, went to a mining camp to make inquiries in relation to the previous incident. Upon police arrival two males were seen to decamp into bush land.

Police act on intelligence

The seized 1998 Toyota
Police located, at the front of the premises, a 1998 model Toyota Landcruiser which contained about one point five metres of wet opal dirt on the tray. A further search of the vehicle revealed prohibited firearms on the front seat.

Assistance was called form other police and the premises, including the vehicle, were secured. A further 11 New South Wales police officers and five Queensland police attended the scene and a search was conducted of the surrounding area for the person who had decamped.

A search of the premises was then conducted and resulted in the seizure of opal dirt, a stolen vehicle, three prohibited firearms, and a quantity of cannabis.

Police are looking for assistance in the location of two males who may be able to assist with inquiries. They are described as - the first person, 185cm tall, solid build, short hair and bear and approx 36 years old, last seen wearing a khaki shirt; the second person is described as 180cm tall, medium build and dark hair and about 30 years of age.

A pleasing result for Constable Brett Henderson-Smith and Detective Senior Constable Tony Elkins

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