Stolen livestock: Sheep recovered from a Brewarrina property

Police mustered the mob of stolen sheep, after ear tags had been removed and replaced with new ear markings. Picture: NSW Police
Police mustered the mob of stolen sheep, after ear tags had been removed and replaced with new ear markings. Picture: NSW Police

Police are appealing for information after sheep were recovered from a property near Brewarrina yesterday.

After receiving information from the public, Rural Crime Investigators executed a search warrant at a Gongolgon property, about 65 kilometres south of Brewarrina, just after 8am on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Officers mustered 64 sheep that are believed to have been stolen, after ear tags had been removed and replaced and new ear markings branded.

An unregistered firearm and ammunition was also seized.

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State Rural Crime Co-ordinator, Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside, said police take rural crime theft very seriously. 

“Rural crime costs millions of dollars every year. Theft of livestock, produce and equipment, trespassing and other crimes affect people's livelihood and well-being,” he said.

“NSW Police Force needs the community's help to identify people involved in rural crime. With a state-wide network of experienced and dedicated Rural Crime Investigators, we can work with rural communities to prevent and solve these crimes.”

Inquiries are continuing and charges are expected to be preferred.

“If you have the need to contact police in relation to rural crimes, please report to your local police station immediately, day or night,” Detective Inspector Whiteside said. 

“Do not wait to speak to a Rural Crime Investigator as they may not be available at that time. If there are issues with police taking your report, please speak to a Supervisor.”