Cops step up most-wanted search

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

Police are continuing a nation-wide search for two alleged offenders accused of stealing $20,000 of electronic goods from Harvey Norman last year.

Outstanding arrest warrants remain for Christopher Douglas Keene, 36, and Corina Ugle, 33, after the alleged burglary in November, which was captured on CCTV.

It is alleged two people wearing balaclavas gained access to the store from the roof but fell through the ceiling, causing damage to the store before smashing display cabinets with a small axe and leaving with iPhones, iPads, a MacBook and Samsung phones.

Police arrested the two only hours later at a house in Spencer Park after reviewing the security footage, with Keene injuring his neck when he fell from the roof of the house.

Both failed to appear in court late last year, resulting in police issuing warrants for their arrest.

Senior Constable Dean Bristow said police now had information the pair had crossed multiple States including the Northern Territory and, most recently, Queensland. Keene and Ugle are at the top of an outstanding warrant list of 30 alleged offenders avoiding police detection.

Sen. Const. Bristow said the arrest of Keene and Ugle was a “top priority”.

He said a warrant for Keene’s arrest had also been issued in other States after Albany police liaised a month ago with police in those States.

Arrest warrants also remain for A’Mir Lee Manwaring, 29, and partner Megan Jayde Bradley, 31, who police believe are now in Queensland.

Both failed to appear in court last year on unrelated charges.

Sen. Const. Bristow said police hoped a public plea might provide more information, which could lead to the arrest of four of the list of 30. “Some of the offences committed are on commercial premises,” he said.

“Those businesses that have then been affected don’t get any closure.”

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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