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Stolen sheep recovered from Brewarrina property

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Police mustered the mob of stolen sheep, after ear tags had been removed and replaced with new ear markings. Picture: NSW Police

Police mustered the mob of stolen sheep, after ear tags had been removed and replaced with new ear markings. Picture: NSW Police

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Police are looking for the owners of a mob of stolen sheep found at a Brewarrina property.

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Police are appealing for information after sheep were recovered from a property near Brewarrina yesterday.

After receiving information from the public, Rural Crime Investigators from Walgett, Nyngan, Parkes and Dubbo executed a search warrant at a Gongolgon property, about 65km south of Brewarrina, just after 8am on Wednesday. 

Officers mustered 64 stolen sheep, after ear tags had been removed and replaced with new ear markings branded.

An unregistered firearm and ammunition were also seized.

It comes after nearly 200 sheep were stolen from a Young property and another 1000 from Tullamore in December

State Rural Crime Coordinator, Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside, said police took rural crime theft very seriously.

“Rural crime costs millions of dollars every year,” he said.

Police are urging anyone with information to come forward. Picture: NSW Police

Police are urging anyone with information to come forward. Picture: NSW Police

“Theft of livestock, produce and equipment, trespassing and other crimes affect people's livelihood and well-being.

“NSW Police Force needs the community's help to identify people involved in rural crime. With a state-wide network of experienced and dedicated Rural Crime Investigators, we can work with rural communities to prevent and solve these crimes.”

Inquiries are continuing and charges are expected to be preferred.

“If you have the need to contact police in relation to rural crimes, please report to your local police station immediately, day or night,” Detective Inspector Whiteside said. 

“Do not wait to speak to a Rural Crime Investigator as they may not be available at that time. If there are issues with police taking your report, please speak to a Supervisor.” 

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or your local police station.    

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