Cops delight at arrest of three men

POLICE are delighted with the arrests of three males over a break and enter rampage on the Coffs Coast and beyond.

The trio, whose matters were mentioned in Coffs Harbour court yesterday, were arrested by Operation Murnong detectives during raids in Kurrajong Street and Deborah Close in Coffs Harbour on Monday.

Police seized evidence they allege is linked to the break-ins.

The operation, comprising detectives and Target Action Group (TAG) officers, has been in full swing for the past two months.

They've been investigating a string of break-ins at licensed premises throughout the Coffs/Clarence, Richmond, Mid North Coast and New England local area commands.

Police allege offenders targeted poker machines and were armed with knives, bars and swords.

They allegedly caused more than $1 million worth of damage to poker machines and premises.

"We're treating these as significant arrests," Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said.

"Police will allege these three males are responsible for a large number of aggravated break and enters targeting licensed premises and poker machines.

"I would like to acknowledge the dogged determination shown by the TAG and detectives in gaining evidence that resulted in these charges."

Kempsey men Graham Dickson, 18, and Kevin John Dickson, 21, who have been living in Coffs Harbour, are each charged with 12 counts of aggravated break and enter and one of attempting to enter building/land with intent.

They were not required to appear in the courtroom yesterday afternoon at the request of their solicitor, Patricia Clarke from the Aboriginal Legal Service.

They were both refused bail to reappear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on April 15.

A Coffs Harbour youth, 17, who cannot be named because of his age, is charged with two counts of aggravated break and enter.

He was refused bail in Coffs Harbour Children's Court yesterday to reappear on February 19 for mention.

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