Wynyard manhunt continues after police rammed

Spikes: Police during the manhunt on Wednesday ready to deploy road spikes at Camdale. Picture: Cordell Richardson.
Spikes: Police during the manhunt on Wednesday ready to deploy road spikes at Camdale. Picture: Cordell Richardson.

Police were out in force around the Wynyard area on Wednesday as the hunt for a man continued into its second day.

Police are calling for public assistance to track down the man wanted on a number of alleged property offences along the North-West Coast.

They are searching for a white or grey VT Commodore with distinctive five-spoke alloy mag wheels. 

MANHUNT: Acting Detective Inspector Tony Stewart addressed the search on Wednesday. Picture: Cordell Richardson.

MANHUNT: Acting Detective Inspector Tony Stewart addressed the search on Wednesday. Picture: Cordell Richardson.

Acting Detective Inspector Tony Stewart said police had received information that a vehicle matching the description had been spotted in the Wynyard area.

“… it has evaded police on two separate occasions and we are wanting to speak to the driver, who is known to us and we’ve identified him on two occasions,” Acting Detective Inspector Stewart said.

“He is wanted in relation to a number of property offences occurring in the Penguin, Wynyard, Burnie areas over the last couple of days, including a number of burglaries that occurred yesterday [Tuesday], one resulting in a fire at a structure at Aldersons Road.

“… a police vehicle was rammed by this vehicle in Somerset later on yesterday [Tuesday] afternoon and it then evaded police.” 

VEHICLE: The vehicle police believe the man has been driving around the North-West. Picture: Tasmania Police.

VEHICLE: The vehicle police believe the man has been driving around the North-West. Picture: Tasmania Police.

Inspector Stewart said the fire at Wynyard was still under investigation but police believed the man in question was responsible.

“Certainly there was forced entry into the structure which was a garage… a fire has started shortly after him leaving and it is our belief he has deliberately lit the fire.”

He said police responded with a number of units at Wynyard on Wednesday but had been unable to identify the vehicle.

“Again we’ve sought some information via media, and as a result we’ve been getting some information that the vehicle may have been in the Natone, Riana area,” he said.

Police also reported sightings around Mount Hicks and Wynyard.

He said police didn’t believe the man to be dangerous and were asking people to report any information on 131 444 or Crimestoppers 1800 333 000.

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