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Outback job offers a ruse: police
Outback job offers a ruse: police

Backpackers offered work on outback stations were allegedly robbed by a man who has been arrested and detained in Roebourne.

Police allege a 25-year-old Cairns man approached groups of backpackers in Broome between June 16 and 18 and offered them jobs.

A police spokeswoman alleged that at least nine backpackers gave the man money to purchase swags, boots and camping gear for them.

It is also alleged the man stole a stole a 2011 Hilux utility from Broome Motors.

The man has been charged with Stealing of a Motor Vehicle and Stealing. He is due to appear in the Karratha Magistrates Court on June 30.

Police inquiries are continuing into this matter.

"WA Police are working closely with police in Queensland and the Northern Territory in relation to possible other offences committed," the police spokeswoman said.

Anyone with any information regarding these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The West Australian

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