Shellharbour Kiama Police wrap: June 17

Exacavator attachment stolen from a building site at Kiama

Between 8.30pm on Sunday, June 15 and 5am on Monday, offenders have stolen an excavator attachment from a residential building site on Greyleigh Drive, Kiama. 

The site is surrounded by temporary fencing. However the offenders removed a panel and appear to have driven a vehicle through the hole. 

Once inside the offenders have stolen a large steel excavator attachment from the ground. The attachment was not on the excavator at the time. 

A standard box trailer not belonging to the job site was left at the location near the hole in the fence. 

It is thought that the offenders left the box trailer at the location after being disturbed. There is no CCTV on-site or suspects identified at this stage. 

The attachment is described as a “Digga” brand Auger steel hydraulic pump, valued at $1000.

Break-and-enters at Kiama caravan park 

Police are investigating a series of attempted break-and-enters at a caravan park at Easts Beach.

Between midday on Tuesday, June 10 and 4pm last Saturday, unknown offenders gained entry to a caravan.

Two televisions were stolen from inside the van, valued at about $1200.

Police are still waiting on the results of crime scene fingerprint examiners.  

This follows a series of other alleged incidents.  Between Monday, June 9 and Saturday, June 14 unknown persons attempted to gain entry into an on-site van, belonging to a 42-year-old man from Castle Hill.  

No entry was gained, however damage was sustained to a sliding door and window in the attempt. 

The park managers stated that more than a dozen other vans had also been damaged by attempted break-and-enters. 

Police are appealing for information.

Dog attack at Barrack Point

A dog owner has suffered severe ligament damage to their right middle finger, after being bitten by a Maltese Terrier cross last Saturday.

About 8pm the dog began choking on a bone.

The victim struck their fingers down the throat of the dog to remove it, only for the dog to bite the owner, almost amputating the right middle finger.

The victim called for an ambulance. The dog was unable to be saved .

Surf Beach Kiama cash theft

About 7.30am on Sunday a member of the Wollongong Body Boarders sporting group set up a tent at Surf Beach, Kiama.About 30-40 people attended, paying a fee to enter the event.  

The cash proceeds were placed in a green-coloured cash tin with receipts. 

About 9.30am the victim claims the cash tin was still in the tent when a storm caused the tent to fall down and chairs to move. 

The victim put the tent back up; however about 10am she realised the cash tin had been taken. 

She spoke to several of the contestants who all stated they all had no knowledge of the incident.   

It is believed about $1300 in cash was stolen.

There are no known suspects, and police are appealing to the public for more information.  

39-YEAR-OLD Dunmore man charged with drug possession

About 4.35pm on Monday, June 16, police saw a 39-year-old man from Dunmore leaving a home on King Street, Warilla on a push bike. 

Police attempted to stop the accused a short time later in Leawarra Avenue and at first the accused refused to stop. 

The accused is currently on bail for drug matters. 

The accused stated he had some “smoko” in his wallet. He was asked what he meant by this, to which he replied “meth”. 

Police searched his wallet and located a small resealable bag containing a white crystal substance which police believe to be methyl amphetamine. 

The accused was arrested and conveyed to Lake Illawarra Police station where he was entered into custody and offered an electronic interview, but declined. 

He was released and a future court attendance notice issued.

Shipping container theft

Thieves have stolen property worth an estimated $500 after breaking into a shipping container at the intersection of Noble and Belinda streets, Gerringong.

The incident occurred between last Friday and Sunday.

The thieves smashed off the padlock, before taking a wheelbarrow and water pressure cleaner.

Wheels stolen from a vehicle in Albion Park

At 7pm on Sunday, June 15 a 36-year-old man from Coolagolite parked his blue coloured Holden Commodore SS sedan on the road on Gloucester Circuit.  

The victim was visiting a friend  and about 7.15am on Monday the victim’s neighbour knocked on the front door and advised him that the car was missing four tyres. 

The victim then noticed the car jacked up and sitting on bricks with all the wheels missing.  

The wheels are described as four 20 Inch black 5 spoke HSV rims and tyres, valued at about $5000. 

The wheels were secured with lock nuts which were also missing.  A police canvass was conducted, with no success. A fingerprint examination was conducted. 

Police have requested that anyone with information which could assist with inquiries to get in touch. 

Train station vandalised

Unknown perpetrators have caused $7200 worth of malicious damage to the railway station under construction at Shell Cove. 

Between 6pm on Friday and 6am Saturday, they used spray paint to graffiti the new concrete platform slab.

Footprints were etched into the fresh concrete. Police inquiries continue. 

Shipping container theft

Thieves have stolen property worth an estimated $500 after breaking into a shipping container at the intersection of Noble and Belinda streets, Gerringong.

The incident occurred between last Friday and Sunday. The thieves smashed off the padlock, before taking a wheelbarrow and water pressure cleaner.

Malicious damage to business

An estimated $1500 damage was done following an incident of malicious damage at Tongarra Road, Albion Park.

A shop front window was smashed by unknown persons between 11.45pm on Friday and 8am Saturday.

The business affected was Right Choice Real Estate.

Skateboarder collides with vehicle

Police are also continuing to investigate an alleged accident whereby a 16-year-old skateboarder allegedly collided with a vehicle on Sunday afternoon.

It is alleged about 3.25pm, a Mount Warrigal skateboarder collided with a car at a roundabout at the intersection of Holm Place and Lake Entrance Road, Shellharbour City Centre.

Police report that the teenager wasn’t wearing a helmet; a witness said he made no attempt to stop.

The skateboarder was taken to Shellharbour Hospital after receiving a head knock.

The incident is still being investigated, as police are awaiting a blood result for the skateboarder.

Lake Illawarra female facing multiple charges

The incident which ended with a police officer being struck in the face, began about 11.45am on June 11 began when police stopped  a car in Hardwick Crescent at Mount Warrigal for a Random Breath Test.   

The female driver stopped her car in a driveway and walked towards a house.  

She then began abusing police using indecent language.  

At the time there were two young children and another woman in the car.  

The driver was asked to produce her driver’s licence, which she refused.  

The female driver was warned several times about her language and non-compliance with a police direction.  

She continued to abuse police and was informed that she was under arrest.  

She then ran into the house.  

A male came out of the house with the female driver and tried to calm her down, telling her to provide her licence to police.  

The female driver continued to direct indecent language towards police.  

She eventually provided another form of identification and a subsequent check indicated that the female was a suspended driver. 

As police were arresting the female driver struck a police officer in the face.  

The female driver was taken to the Lake Illawarra Police Station, where she was charged with driving while suspended, assaulting police and offensive language.  

She will appear before Kiama Local Court on July 14. 

Warilla man to face court

At 10am on Wednesday, June 11 a 20-year-old Warilla man was stopped and spoken to by police while riding his pushbike at Sunset Avenue, Barrack Heights.

This occurred after police observed him looking into nearby parked and unattended vehicles.

He was searched and police located a bag containing 1.2 grams of cannabis.

The man has prior offences and will receive a future court attendance notice for possession of prohibited drug, at a court date to be confirmed.

Kiama Downs man receives drug warning

At 10.20pm last Friday on Dunmore Road, Shellharbour, police stopped a vehicle for a Random Breath Test.

At the time, police could smell cannabis in the vehicle.

The vehicle was searched and a quantity of cannabis found.

The accused, a 24-year-old man from Kiama Downs was questioned and admitted possession.

The man received a cannabis caution.

Break-in at Little Athletics canteen

Soft drinks, a cash drawer and other items were stolen during a break-and-enter at a Little Athletics canteen.

The incident occurred at Myimbarr Community Park between 7.30pm on June 11, and 7.30am on June 12. 

The thieves entered after they jemmied the canteen’s front door.

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