Booze bust as cops catch gang

THREE men who helped themselves to liquor at a supermarket in Boambee East on Tuesday night have paid the ultimate price, after being arrested and charged by police.

About 11.40pm Tuesday, the three men, aged 23, 24 and 25, allegedly smashed a window of the supermarket before smashing through a dividing roller shutter separating an adjoining liquor store.

After stealing a number of bottles of alcohol, the trio ran into bushland behind the store.

Police were called to the scene shortly after, and with the help of CCTV footage tracked the men back to Avonleigh Drive, Boambee East - where the men were seen allegedly attempting to hide the stolen goods.

One man was arrested while trying to flee over the back fence of the residence, while another arrested in the front yard. The third man was later arrested whilst attempting to flee the residence.

The stolen property from the supermarket was located inside the house, along with clothing identified from CCTV footage at the scene.

The three men were charged at Coffs Harbour Police Station with break, enter and steal. Two of the men had outstanding warrants for theft and driving matters.

The men have been refused bail and were due to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court yesterday. • A CARLOAD of people are lucky to be alive after their vehicle crashed on the Pacific Highway near the Big Banana on Tuesday night.

About 2.20am the Toyota Lexin was heading south on the Pacific Highway when the driver failed to negotiate the right hand turn near Diggers Beach.

The car apparently lost traction around the turn, hitting a light pole and knocking it down before continuing down the embankment.

Coffs Harbour firefighters say there were five people in the car, one of which received medical treatment at the scene.

Charges in relation to the accident are yet to be laid, police investigations are continuing.

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