Two men arrested after carjacking and police pursuit in Picton

Loanmarket were told to close. Police tape has been put up in front of the shop. Picture: Kylie Greffenius
Loanmarket were told to close. Police tape has been put up in front of the shop. Picture: Kylie Greffenius

Two men who were allegedly involved in a carjacking and police pursuit in Picton this morning have been arrested.

The men were allegedly responsible for several armed robberies, violent break and enters and carjacking in Griffith, Cootamundra, Wagga Wagga, Yanco, Colo Vale and Picton from Friday, November 10.

About 10.20am this morning, a stolen Mitsubishi Outlander mounted the kerb in Picton and ran over an electrical sub-station causing a loss of power in the area.

Police from Camden Local Area Command were waved down by a woman in the car park of a shopping centre on Colden Street, Picton.

A 41-year-old woman and her elderly parents, aged 80 and 84, had allegedly been confronted by two men, told to get out of the Subaru Imprezza before the the men fled in the car.

The 84-year-old man was treated for shock and taken to Bowral Hospital as a precaution.

The stolen Mitsubishi was recovered and seized for forensic examination.

The Subaru Imprezza was tracked by Polair and just after 11am, the men were seen running from the stolen vehicle at Figtree in Wollongong.

Police gave chase on foot and the men, aged 24 and 26, were arrested in a canal nearby.

The men were taken to Wollongong Police Station.

Picton Coles Express petrol station site manager Joanne Bloomfield told the Advertiser this morning about the incident.

“[Police told me] the person in the car was screaming and they advised me that the carjacker had taken the car and then police followed,” she said.

“There is a whole lot happening in town.

“Police are everywhere.

“We were asked to shut but now we are allowed to keep trading.”

Allegedly the men had been travelling throughout the state’s south in several stolen cars.

In one incident on Sunday, November 12, a woman was allegedly hit in the stomach with the end of a firearm during an aggravated break and enter at Yanco.

About 10pm on Sunday, police attempted to stop the men who were travelling in a stolen Nissan Patrol utility on the Hume Motorway at Mittagong.

The stolen Nissan did not stop and police pursued the car just south of Bargo.

About 10.30pm, the stolen Nissan allegedly rammed a marked police car at Colo Road, Colo Vale.

The men drove for a short distance before they ran into nearby bushland.

A woman who was also travelling in the car was arrested and is assisting police with their enquiries at Bowral Police Station.

No officers were injured during the incident but the police car sustained substantial damage.

A search of the area was conducted but the men were not located. The stolen Nissan utility has been seized for forensic examination.