A teenager has appeared in Port Macquarie Local Court after allegedly committing numerous serious offences along the Mid North Coast, including attempting to steal a vehicle with a child on board.
The two-day crime spree began on Monday, July 9 when police allege the 19-year-old male stole a Mitsubishi Lancer from Forster.
Police allege the man then drove to a service station in south Kempsey where he committed a fraud offence on the morning of Tuesday, July 10.
He later dumped the vehicle on Crescent Head Road, south Kempsey, before breaking into a nearby granny flat.
Police believe he received a lift back into Kempsey between 8-9am before returning to Crescent Head Road later in the day.
At that time police spotted the man on Crescent Head Road, who then ran into bushland before trying to steal a nearby vehicle which had a small child in the back seat.
The attempt to steal was unsuccessful and the man fled the scene, running into dense bushland.
Police established a perimeter and the man was arrested a short time later by a Dog Squad officer.
He was taken to Kempsey Police Station where he was charged with 11 offences including aggravated break and enter, carjacking (take motor vehicle with occupant on board), take and drive conveyance without consent of owner, hinder police, assault police (x2), obtain financial advantage by deception, and breach AVO (x3), and a detention application.
He was refused bail and appeared at Port Macquarie Local Court on Wednesday, July 11.
Police are appealing for any drivers who may have given the man a lift into Kempsey to come forward or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Members of the public are reminded they should not report crime information via police social media pages.