Police Briefs

Katherine Police said it has been a quiet week for crime in the region. 

Acting Supt Mark Malogorski said there has been no stolen cars and two or three break-ins this week. 

“We moved a couple of kids on from Katherine High School and McFarlane Primary, they weren’t causing any damage just trespassing,” he said. 

“Our traffic focus for March is to check licences and registration of interstate people, like families who have transferred to Tindal.”

Drug Bust – KATHERINE 

On Saturday morning at Katherine service station, Northern Dog Operation Unit and Northern Substance Abuse Intelligence members conducted a routine transport screening of passengers, luggage and general freight from the Greyhound Bus that had arrived up from Alice Springs.

Around this time a 38-year-old male drove into the service station to refuel and clean his windscreen.

As Drug Detector Dog “Bear” and his handler were walking back to their police vehicle, Bear took interest and circled around the 38 year male and indicated the presence of a dangerous drug.

The man denied any having dangerous drugs, but was subjected to a search in any case. A quantity of cannabis hidden in his vehicle.

The male was further subjected to a roadside drug saliva test which proved positive.

He was then arrested and conveyed to the Katherine Police Station for a further drug saliva test which confirmed the presence of cannabis (THC), amphetamine and methamphetamine in his saliva.

Arson Attack – JABIRU

NT Police are calling for witnesses to a suspicious fire at the Old Ranger Headquarters at Jabiru in the early hours of Friday, March 10. 

Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Board from the Serious Crime Squad said fire investigators believed as many as 20 separate fires had been lit in and around the immediate area of the building.

“Detectives have established that a number of persons were in the vicinity of the building around the time of the fire.

“We are interested in speaking to anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward now.

“If anyone has any information regarding the fire we ask that you make contact with police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Detective Senior Sergeant Board said

Sauce and drugs - TIWI ISLAND AIRPORT

NT Police, conducting a random check for drugs and alcohol at a remote airport recently, took an interest in one particular package of three sauce bottles that had broken seals.

Closer inspection found each bottle contained, concealed within the sauce, a sealed bag containing cannabis.

The 142 grams of cannabis could have fetched upwards of $15,000 if sold on community and NT Police will continue to crack down on drugs and alcohol in communities and the exploitation of remote residents.

Missing Man – ADELAIDE RIVER

Police are continuing to call for information surrounding the disappearance of 40-year-old Richard Roe.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Justin Bentley said Richard hasn’t been seen or heard from since November 2, 2016 and police hold grave fears that he may now be deceased.

“Today, a large scale search was conducted through bushland in the vicinity of Chinner Road and the Stuart Highway for any clues that may assist the investigation.

“This area, which was initially searched in December 2016 continues to be an area of interest for investigators, as this is where Richard was last seen and where his vehicle was recovered in November.

“The search included members from the Major Crime Squad, Territory Response Group, Recruit Squad 130, NT Emergency Services, NT Fire and Rescue Service and St John Ambulance.”

Police would like to thank members of the public who have called through with information surrounding Richards’s disappearance, however we believe that there are more people out there with vital information.

“These past few months have been undoubtedly emotional for Richard’s family, who like police are searching for answers,” Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Bentley said.

“We encourage anyone with any information to contact us on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”