Strike Force Burrandoot investigators charge man after Deniliquin raid

By Ivy Jensen

DETECTIVES have charged a man and seized a firearm, ammunition and drugs as part of an investigation into a series of aggravated break-ins and ram raids, including one where an ATM was stolen in Moama.

Strike Force Burrandoot investigators searched a home on Edwardes St, Deniliquin, yesterday where they found a rifle, a large amount of ammunition, methylamphetamine, ecstasy, drug paraphernalia, and electronic devices. 

These items were seized for forensic examination.

A 25-year-old Deniliquin man was arrested at the property and taken to Deniliquin police station, where he was charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, five counts of possessing prohibited article, not keeping firearm safe and possessing prohibited drug.

He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Deniliquin Local Court on July 2.

Investigations under Strike Force Burrandoot are continuing, including liaising with Victoria Police.

Police were called to Moama Marketplace, following reports a skid-steer loader had driven through the front doors about 4.30am on February 25.

On arrival, officers found one ATM had been stolen from the premises and another had been extensively damaged.

Officers seized several items relevant to investigation, including a crowbar and a Mitsubishi Triton ute for forensic examination.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad and Murray River Police District took carriage of the investigation under Strike Force Burrandoot. 

Investigators are also examining links to an aggravated break-in and theft of an ATM from a licensed premises in Wakool on February 20.