NSW police charge man after officer assaulted, vehicles stolen at Griffith

A man will face court today charged with stealing two cars and assaulting a police officer in the state’s south west.

In the early hours of Wednesday 9 September 2020, a blue Mazda CX-3 was stolen from a home on Marcus Street, Griffith. A number of fraudulent transactions were allegedly made using a bank card stolen from the vehicle over the following days.

On Wednesday 28 October 2020, a Mitsubishi Triton utility was stolen from a depot in Griffith. The ute was recovered the next day in nearby bushland.

Both incidents were reported to officers from Murrumbidgee Police District who commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, a 27-year-old woman was arrested and charged in relation to the theft of the Mitsubishi on Friday 30 October 2020. She remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, police attended a home in Griffith last Friday (6 November 2020), and saw a 25-year-old man attempting to flee through a window.

As police attempted to arrest the man, he allegedly resisted and punched a male senior constable in the face, before also assaulting a female senior constable. Both officers sustained minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.

The man was arrested and taken Griffith Police Station, where he was charged with dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner (x2), drive motor vehicle while licence suspended (x2), resist officer in execution of duty and assault police officer in execution of duty.

He was refused bail and appeared in Griffith Local Court on Friday 6 November 2020, where he was formally refused bail to reappear in Wagga Wagga Local Court today (Monday 9 November 2020).

Inquiries are continuing.

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