It’s a blight that some Griffith and wider MIA businesses have had experience with in the last few months, but police from Murrumbidgee Police District have made their first arrest for counterfeit notes.
A man attended a hotel on Banna Avenue at around 10.30am on Friday, and allegedly changed six $50 notes to use on the pokie machines.
Staff discovered the notes were fake shortly after the man had left the building, however police were able to identify the man using CCTV footage, and arrested him later that day.
The 27-year-old has since been charged with possessing counterfeit money, knowing it to be counterfeit. He was refused bail before an appearance in Wagga Local Court on Monday morning. He will reappear before Griffith Local Court in August.
Inspector Nick Seddon said behaviour on the Murrumbidgee district’s roads during the course of Operation Chrome on the weekend (Friday 27 – Sunday 29) was pleasing, however having even one person on the roads over the alcohol limit was one too many.
“We did 600 Random Breath Tests and we caught five people driving over the limit,” Inspector Seddon said.
“On the whole, people were taking notice of our message to be safe, but obviously five is still too many. I just encourage everyone to reflect on their actions regarding to drinking and driving, and for everyone to do what they can to keep the community safe.”
All up, there were five Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol charges, one drug present charges, 600 RBTs conducted, and 41 tickets across the Murrumbidgee command for speeding, mobile phone usage, not wearing seat-belts and six defect notices issued.
A man has been charged with having a weapon in a public place after police found a knife in his backpack on Yambil Street on Thursday.
Police searched the 38-year-old man and located the knife, which is believed to be handmade.
He was arrested and taken to the police station and given a ticket for having a knife in a public place.
The knife will be destroyed.