Man arrested after allegedly stealing car, credit card and grog from motorist

by | Jan 17, 2022 | Cops | 0 comments

A 24-year-old man who allegedly assaulted a motorist in the Darwin CBD Saturday night before stealing his car, alcohol and a credit card that was used 15 times, was tracked down and arrested by the NT Police’s dog unit on Sunday afternoon, police said.

Police said the motorist in his 40s was approached by two men while stopped at traffic lights around 11pm on Saturday night in the CBD.

The two men then allegedly “entered the vehicle and they drove around town for some time before parking on Smith Street, where the men left the vehicle, taking with them a bag of alcohol belonging to the driver”.

Police said the men then assaulted the driver when he confronted them and left him on the ground while stealing his car.

“The offenders found a credit card in the car, which was subsequently used 15 times, and the stolen vehicle was also involved in a fuel drive-off,” detective senior sergeant Mark Bland said.

“Police located the vehicle abandoned in bushland in Driver on Sunday. A number of people were seen running from the location.”

Other reports of the incident indicate the car was abandoned in Durack Heights at the end of Packard Ave.

The 24-year-old man was later apprehended hiding in the scrub by the police dog unit.

It was unclear how many other people were in the car before it was abandoned.

Police said they expect to charge the man with robbery causing bodily harm, obtaining a benefit by deception and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

“Investigations are ongoing to identify and apprehend the man’s co-offenders,” Sgt Bland said.

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