Pair charged with alleged botched car theft

IT WAS like a scene from Bonnie and Clyde.

Well, almost.

About 6.30am last Saturday, a Wingham man, 32, and Warwick woman, 32, were driving on the Pacific Hwy through Coffs Harbour when their Holden Barina broke down.

They abandoned their vehicle and walked to Coates Hire located nearby.

As the woman distracted an employee, the man allegedly stole a white Ford Falcon.

He allegedly drove the stolen vehicle to Bunnings where he arranged to meet his accomplice.

Police say the pair then attempted to drive the vehicle, but instead got it stuck in a gutter.

Believing their behaviour to be suspicious, several Bunnings employees contacted police.

Police allege the man and woman abandoned the car and caught a taxi to Coffs Harbour Railway Station.

But they didn't get far as police arrived at the scene shortly after and arrested them.

Police say further enquiries revealed the number plates from their broken-down vehicle had been stolen from Queensland.

The man was charged with receiving stolen property, take and drive conveyance without consent, and dealing with proceeds of crime.

The woman was charged with take and drive conveyance without consent.

They will next appear before Coffs Harbour Local Court on May 9.



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