The Sydney Morning Herald
29 July 1844
The station of Mess's Thacker, Mason, and Co., at Ballenbena, was lately plundered by two armed bushrangers of stores to the value of about fifty pounds, with which they loaded three horses and decamped.
This occurring at early dawn, intelligence was immediately sent to Mr. Commissioner Beckham's police, but that gentleman being absent, two days elapsed before they arrived, in consequence they said, of "their horses being wet in the bush."
It has been since reported that the police caught the plunderers, who rushed their captors, and escaped. There is also another gang out and the settlers have every prospect of suffering severely by these marauders.