Man pleads guilty to stealing, firearms offences

A BOGGABILLA man has pleaded guilty to a string of firearms and break-in offences after he was arrested on Sunday.

Adam John Sutton, 30, was searched by police after they spotted him on a quad bike outside a Macintyre St, Boggabilla, home about 3.15am on Sunday.

Police had been responding to a break-and-enter at a Bruxner Highway property when they saw a quad bike being ridden along the highway towards Boggabilla.

Officers chased the bike into the paddocks until the rider jumped off and escaped into the bush.

A short time later, police stopped Sutton on a separate quad bike before they seized a number of items allegedly stolen from a Bruxner Highway property.

He was arrested on the spot and taken to the Boggabilla Police Station.

As part of the investigation, police raided homes in Macintyre St and McCosker St and will allege they found several items, including a firearm, ammunition, part of a replica firearm, alcohol and clothing.

Several items are believed to be the proceeds of recent break-ins around the Boggabilla and Goondiwindi areas.

Sutton was charged with several offences, including possess an unregistered firearm, possess an unauthorised firearm, take and drive a conveyance, not keep firearm safely, possess ammunition and enter enclosed lands.

He was refused bail and fronted Moree Local Court on Monday, where one charge of receiving stolen property was dropped by prosecutors.

Sutton pleaded guilty to the seven remaining charges and was refused bail ahead of his sentencing next month.

An investigation into the identity of the other rider is continuing.

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