Two men nabbed in Operation Poach raid on Wistow property

COOPERATION: Murray Mallee Superintendent James Blandford speaking about the recent Operation Poach arrest in Wistow. Photo: Emma Zirkel.
COOPERATION: Murray Mallee Superintendent James Blandford speaking about the recent Operation Poach arrest in Wistow. Photo: Emma Zirkel.

Two men have been arrested as part of a stock theft investigation in the Murraylands region.

A search was conducted by police and Primary Industry and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) officers on a property in Wistow on Saturday morning where more than 100 cattle were mustered and seized, and the two men were arrested and charged with theft. 

Police had earlier alleged around $145,000 of cattle were connected to a recent theft in Tungkillo. 

Murray Mallee Superintendent James Blandford said it was gratifying when the police were able to identify possible stolen property and detect alleged offenders.

“We’re very fortunate that the information came to the police notice and that an investigation was able to be conducted,” he said.

We know that there are people out there who have information and are really, really encouraging anybody who has information in regards to this specific investigation… to contact the police.

Superintendent James Blandford

A number of Santa Gertrudis cattle, a black Angus bull and other types of cattle and calves had been found on the property, and Superintendent Blandford said the police alleged these could also be stolen or “the proceeds of crime.”

Superintendent Blandford said one of the more pleasing aspects of the operation was the cooperation with the region’s landowners. 

“We’re getting a lot of help from local landowners and that’s really, really good,” Superintendent Blandford said.

He called on the public to provide authorities with information in a timely fashion in order to put the pieces of the “jigsaw” together. 

“We know that there are people out there who have information and are really, really encouraging anybody who has information in regards to this specific investigation… to contact the police,” he said.

Superintendent Blandford asked for people with information that may assist further investigations to come forward.

“We need all the help we can get when it comes to this,” he said.

  • If you have information that may assist authorities, contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.