Tuesday, 15th February, 2011
A suspected burglar crawled under a police vehicle in the early hours of yesterday morning in an alleged attempt to evade capture.
Police had stopped and spoken to the 39-year-old man after seeing him walking near the corner of Cobalt and Chloride streets and carrying a back pack about 3am.
He allegedly became aggressive and a struggle ensued between him and the officers, the police said.
After a short of time he broke free and crawled underneath the police vehicle, they said.
The officers tried to drag him out, they said, but eventually resorted to giving him a burst of pepper spray.
He emerged from under the vehicle and ran off but was caught a short distance away, police said.
Another short struggle ensued before he was handcuffed and locked in the back of the police vehicle.
When police searched the man and his backpack they allegedly found a small amount of cannabis, some cash and other items believed to be from break and enter offences committed in Broken Hill.
A number of knives, a razor blade, a pair of scissors, electrical equipment and a quantity of jewellery and documentation was also allegedly found.
Police said they believed these were also the proceeds from recent burglaries.
He has been charged with a large number of offences and will soon face the Local Court.
A recent increase in break-ins and stealing from cars in the city prompted police to last week issue a warning to residents to secure their homes and property.
LAC Crime Manager Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg said it appeared the intruders were after cash and urged residents to report any suspicious behaviour or people.
Police were forced to issue a second warning on Sunday after another four homes were targeted over the weekend.