POLICE have made a major breakthrough in the pursuit of three men wanted for a series of offences on both sides of the border with one taken into custody and charged at the weekend.
Capsicum spray was used to subdue a 28-year-old man at a South Albury address late on Saturday night before being charged with a string of serious offences including the use of an offensive weapon to commit an indictable offence.
He was refused bail and will appear in Albury Court on Monday.
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His arrest came hours before a male went on a crime spree in West Wodonga including breaking into a home in Lomond Court.
The offender was forced to flee empty handed when a person residing at the home was disturbed soon after entry was gained, but the man then smashed his way into cars parked outside properties in Koetong Crescent and Fussell and Colombo courts.
He was then identified in a stolen black Hyundai hatch which was subsequently recovered in Kelly Street near the meat works.
A black 2000 model Ford Falcon ute with canopy was then stolen and remains missing.
Last week, Wodonga detectives made a public announcement for assistance to locate three men over crimes ranging from burglary to pursuit in recent weeks.
Detective Senior Constable Ray Causer said police can't rule out a link between the search for the three men and the latest crime spree.
"Police are conducting enquiries to see if he has any relation to the other group of males wanted on the border," he said.
"If anyone has knowledge of the parties involved in any of the previous offences or knowledge of the current series of offences they can contact Crime Stoppers or police."
The cars broken into in West Wodonga have been badly damaged with police yet to confirm whether property had been stolen.
Meanwhile, a Holden Commodore was destroyed by fire in East Wodonga.
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