28 July 2021

Canberra man flees into dam after allegedly stealing livestock trailers from Cooma

| Albert McKnight
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Two livestock trailers were reported stolen from a property on Saleyards Road, Cooma. Photo: NSW Police Facebook.

A man accused of stealing two livestock trailers near Cooma was arrested by police after allegedly attempting to flee and then running into a dam.

NSW Police said they received a report of the alleged theft after two trailers disappeared from a property on Saleyards Road on Sunday (25 July).

Police began an investigation and found the trailers attached to a prime mover that had been stopped on the Monaro Highway at Michelago.

Officers forced entry to the cabin and allege the driver, a 29-year-old man, fled.

“He was pursued on foot through several paddocks before running into a nearby dam,” police allege.

The Canberra man was arrested a short time later and taken to Queanbeyan Hospital for treatment.

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After he was released, he was taken to Cooma Police Station where he was charged with stealing a motor vehicle and being a driver who never held a licence.

He appeared at Queanbeyan Local Court on Tuesday (27 July ), where he was formally refused bail to reappear at Cooma Local Court on 22 September.

Police are continuing their inquiries.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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