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Two NSW men arrested as Operation Roam 2017 continues

August 22, 2017

Two NSW men have been arrested over separate incidents as Operation Roam 2017 continues.

Operation Roam – a joint initiative of NSW Police Force and Crime Stoppers Australia – was launched yesterday (Monday 21 August 2017), to help track down wanted people via the exchange of information between policing jurisdictions across Australia.

Police have utilised social media – focusing on Facebook and Twitter – to seek information from the community about a number of alleged offenders who may have left their state or territory and are now residing interstate.

As part of the operation, the details of two wanted men – aged 41 and 42 – were circulated by virtue of arrest warrants.

About 8am today (Tuesday 22 August 2017), a 41-year-old man attended Dareton Police Station where he was arrested.

He was charged with a warrant in relation to alleged aggravated indecent assault offences that occurred in Curlwaa in January 2017.

The man was refused bail to appear at Broken Hill Local Court today (Tuesday 22 August 2017).

Just before 12pm today (Tuesday 22 August 2017), a 42-year-old man attended Burwood Police Station and he was arrested.

He was charged with a warrant in relation to an alleged extortion at Coffs Harbour in July 2014.

The man was refused bail to appear at Burwood Local Court today (Tuesday 22 August 2017).

So far eight people have been arrested as part of the national Operation Roam campaign.

Crime Stoppers compiled a list of wanted offenders – 10 of whom remain outstanding – and they continue to urge members of the public to come forward with information on their whereabouts.

Operational Communications & Information Commander, Assistant Commissioner Kyle Stewart, said the arrest represents the national joint effort between Crime Stoppers, police and the wider community.

“This arrest and the operation as a whole, demonstrates how we are all working together – with the support of the wider community – to achieve a common goal of capturing wanted people across the country,” Assistant Commissioner Stewart said.

“Social media has shown to be a very powerful communication tool, allowing us to share pictures and information with hundreds of thousands of people in the community.

“If you know anything about the offenders nominated as part of Operation Roam, you should contact Crime Stoppers,” Assistant Commissioner Stewart said.

Further information on wanted people involved in Operation Roam can be found via the Crime Stoppers NSW website: www.crimestoppers.com.au.

This includes interstate targets who may be residing, or have other known connections, to NSW.

Operation Roam was first launched in 2011 and follows the international success of Interpol’s Operation INFRA Red, in which Crime Stoppers and police in Australia and around the world coordinated a global fugitive hunt.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to the whereabouts of the wanted offenders promoted during Operation Roam 2017 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. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.