Man charged over serious offences – Mid North Coast

A man has been charged after allegedly committing numerous serious offences on the Mid North Coast, including attempting to steal a vehicle with a child on board.

On Monday, July 9, police allege a 19-year-old man stole a Mitsubishi Lancer from Forster.

Early Tuesday, July 10, it is alleged the man drove to a service station in South Kempsey, where he committed a fraud offence.

Police say he then dumped the vehicle on Crescent Head Road, South Kempsey, before breaking into a nearby granny flat.

Police believe about 8am to 9am he received a lift back into Kempsey before returning to Crescent Head Road later.

At that time, police spotted the man on Crescent Head Road. They say he ran into bushland before trying to steal a nearby vehicle which had a small child in the back seat. The attempt failed and the man continued to flee, running into dense bushland.

Police established a perimeter and the man was arrested a short time later by a Dog Squad officer.

He was taken to Kempsey Police Station where he was charged with 11 offences including aggravated break and enter, carjacking (take motor vehicle with occupant on board), take and drive conveyance without consent of owner, hinder police, two counts of assault police, obtain financial advantage by deception, and breach AVO and a detention application.

He was refused bail to appear at Port Macquarie Local Court on Wednesday, July 11.

Police are appealing for any drivers who may have given the man a lift into Kempsey to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. People are reminded they should not report crime information via social media pages.