Police have found and charged a Parramatta man and woman wanted on outstanding warrants in Port Stephens.
Following a public appeal for assistance and extensive inquiries into the location of the woman who police allegedly escaped from Corrective Services NSW custody last month, plus a wanted man, officers were alerted to the possible location of the pair about 4.45pm on Wednesday, January 6.
Port Stephens police attended a home on Richardson Road in Raymond Terrace where they arrested a 27-year-old woman and 31-year-old man allegedly hiding in a bedroom.
Police said a knife and two sets of car keys were allegedly found in the man's backpack.
The man and woman were taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station where they were both charged with various offences.
The woman was charged with shoplifting, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, use class A vehicle with unauthorised number plate affixed, drive unlicensed, and goods in personal custody suspected of being stolen (motor vehicle).
The man was charged with shoplifting, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, use class A vehicle with unauthorised number plate affixed, two counts of drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit, and goods in personal custody suspected of being stolen (motor vehicle).
Police will allege the woman, a female inmate, escaped from Westmead Hospital at around 10.40am on December 9 while the man was wanted on an outstanding warrant for drug and property related offences.
Police will further allege the pair committed various stealing offences, including two cars and alcohol from a bottle shop.
They were both refused bail and are due to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.