Car thefts, crash considered linked

DESTROYED: A commodore was found torched in the Mirambeena Community Centre car park in Lavington about 3.45am on Monday. Albury police have made an arrest after two stolen cars were linked to multiple alleged crimes.

DESTROYED: A commodore was found torched in the Mirambeena Community Centre car park in Lavington about 3.45am on Monday. Albury police have made an arrest after two stolen cars were linked to multiple alleged crimes.

A 24-year-old Lavington woman has been arrested following a spate of crimes, but other offenders believed to be involved are yet to be caught.

Between 10pm and midnight on Sunday, a white Holden commodore was allegedly stolen from Donald Court in Lavington in an aggravated break and enter.

The commodore was then seen at a Caltex service station in Wodonga, where stolen cards were allegedly used to pay for items.

The vehicle was then dumped at the intersection of Prune and Mutsch streets in Lavington where three occupants were seen running from the vehicle.

Albury Detective Inspector Winston Woodward said it was believed the same people were then involved in a pursuit in a Holden viva, identified as stolen on Saturday.

“That vehicle was detected on Monday morning by highway patrol and it was pursued south on the highway,” he said. 

“It exited on Thurgoona Drive and collided with another vehicle with three occupants.

“Highway patrol officer has terminated the pursuit and assisted the three occupants of that vehicle.

“The vehicle was last seen driving off and it has since been dumped.”

There was also an attempted break and enter at the Culcairn service station.

Police are reviewing CCTV footage of that incident.

Detective Inspector Woodward said there was “strong evidence” the two car thefts, and the Culcairn break and enter, were linked.

“We will allege the 24-year-old is linked to both vehicles and is under arrest for fraud offences in Wodonga and an unrelated matter,” he said.

“Please lock your cars and houses – internal doors and garages are being left open – once they’re inside they can get into your house, we all leave keys and wallets on benches that are quite accessible to somebody with criminal intent.”

A commodore was found torched in the Mirambeena Community Centre car park in Lavington about 3.45am on Monday.

North Albury Fire and Rescue NSW members attended and extinguished the fire.

Meanwhile, a driver who fled from police near Culcairn has been arrested.

About 10.45am on Monday highway patrol officers detected a blue Holden commodore on the Olympic Highway.

Officers activated their lights and siren but the commodore did not stop and a pursuit was initiated.

The man continued for almost 40 kilometres along Culcairn-Holbrook Road.

As the vehicle entered Holbrook, spikes were successfully deployed and the tyres of the commodore deflated.

The vehicle continued into Holbrook, where it drove around for a short time prior to stopping.

A male in his 30s has been arrested and is currently in custody.

Anyone with information about the four incidents should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.