A Sydney man and woman, sought for outstanding warrants, were eventually caught in the Hunter region yesterday.
Following a public appeal for assistance and extensive inquiries into the location of the woman, who escaped from Corrective Services NSW custody last month, and a wanted man, officers attached to Port Stephens-Hunter Police District tracked down the pair about 4.45pm on Wednesday 6 January.
With assistance from the Proactive Crime Team, police attended a home on Richardson Road, Raymond Terrace, where they arrested a 27-year-old woman and 31-year-old man allegedly hiding in a bedroom.
Police located a knife and two sets of car keys allegedly within the man’s backpack.
The man and woman were taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station where they were charged with various offences.
The 27-year-old female was charged with shoplifting, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, use class A vehicle with unauthorised number plate affixed, drive unlicensed, and goods in personal custody suspected being stolen (motor vehicle).
The 31-year-old male was charged with shoplifting, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, use class A vehicle with unauthorised number plate affixed, two counts of drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit, and goods in personal custody suspected being stolen (motor vehicle).
They were both refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 7 January.
Police will allege the woman, a female inmate, escaped from Westmead Hospital at about 10.40am, on Wednesday 9 December 2020, with the man – who was wanted on an outstanding warrant for drug and property related offences.
Police will further claim the pair committed various stealing offences, including two cars and alcohol from a bottle shop.