A MAN is facing charges in court accused of stealing a Nissan Skyline from the car park of the Coffs Harbour airport this week.
Police say the unemployed 21-year-old was taken into custody on Thursday after the stolen vehicle was found parked outside his Toormina home.
The car was left by the owner at the airport on Monday and reported missing on Wednesday.
The arrest follows a spate of car stealings on the Coffs Coast in recent weeks and revelations an average of 20 vehicles are stolen in the area every month.
NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics research shows there were 255 motor vehicles, including cars, trailers and motorcycles, reported stolen in the local area last year.
“In a large number of these incidents, the offenders have stolen vehicles, including cars, but mainly motorcycles and other vehicles, as a means of transport,” said Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay.
“In most cases where cars were stolen the vehicles were recovered intact still in a working condition, but there were also occasions where some stolen vehicles were later found burnt out.”
Crime statistics indicate the theft of vehicles on the Coffs Coast has remained stable over the past 10 years but there has been a spike in cars reported stolen last month.
“We would like to hear from anyone who has information regarding stolen motor vehicles,” Mr Lindsay said.
“Police also remind people to secure their trailers, chaining them to a strong point and make sure their motorcycles are fitted with wheel clamps.”