Adelong servo targeted in ram raid

The damage to Adelong Service Station on Sunday morning.

The Adelong Mobil Service Station suffered its send ram-raid in two
years in the early hours of Sunday.
A juvenile from Wagga Wagga allegedly drove a stolen black 4×4
utility into the front of the station at about 4.10am on Sunday,
smashing the glass front door and some surrounding windows.
The cash register and other items were then stolen from inside the
station.
The juvenile allegedly responsible was arrested by police from the
Riverina Target Action Group at a residential address in Wagga
Wagga at about 6pm on Sunday evening. He was charged with
several offences relating to the stolen vehicle and the ram raid.
He was refused bail and was due to appear in Wagga Local Court
yesterday.
Station manager Bharanth Pujari, known mainly as Max in Adelong,
lives two streets away from the station and received a call from
security alerting him of the ram raid and headed around straight
away.
“I saw the damage and that things had fallen down inside and
outside,” he said.
I went inside and the till was missing and some products (mainly
food items) had been taken.
He wasted no time in calling 000 and the police soon arrived.
Forensic police arrived at about 8am and examined the scene.
A local tradesman installed a temporary timber door, and Mr Pujari
resumed trading that morning.
“It is important because this is the only service station in Adelong,”
he said.
Mr Pujari has managed the station since last year, and even though a
ram raid occurred here in 2018, this incident surprised him.
“I never expected something like this,” he said.
“I’m glad they’re going to build a new police station so we can be
safer.”