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Man allegedly flees after being released on bail

By Liz Mellino

Police are searching for a man they believe has fled, two days after being released on bail from a Shepparton court.

Ricky Dunn, 28, of Burramine, was released from custody on Friday at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court where he was bailed to go straight to Odyssey House in Melbourne.

While in court for a bail application on Friday, police informant Senior Constable James Howarth said Mr Dunn allegedly stole a police car in Naring on December 1 last year.

It is alleged Mr Dunn was later detected travelling at more than 200 km/h, before being involved in a police chase five days later on December 6.

The following day, on December 7, Special Operations Police arrested Mr Dunn.

Police confirmed Mr Dunn had three outstanding warrants for carjacking, pursuit offences and drug offences — a total of 45 charges.

Ricky Dunn is wanted by police.

While Mr Dunn was granted bail on Friday, Cobram Criminal Investigation Unit Detective Sergeant Marcus Boyd said there was a delay in him attending Odyssey House due to a lack of beds.

Det Sgt Boyd said because of this Mr Dunn was granted to be in the custody of his mother until a space became available for him at Odyssey House on Wednesday this week.

“At 8 pm on Monday he (Mr Dunn) was with his mother at McDonald's in Mickleham Rd, Tullamarine and he allegedly went to the toilet and he took off,” he said.

“To the mother's credit she rang the police.”

Det Sgt Boyd said after Mr Dunn allegedly fled, police returned to Shepparton Magistrates’ Court where they were granted a warrant for apprehension.

Police confirmed they were actively looking for Mr Dunn in Victoria and interstate.

Mr Dunn is known to frequent Numurkah and is possibly on his way to Queensland.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to contact Cobram CIU on 58 712 866.

Alternatively a confidential report can be made via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.