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Man arrested at Waratah West following alleged crime spree


A Queensland man has been charged with 22 offences, including several involving break and enter, following an arrest in Newcastle on Tuesday.

About 6am on 7 March, police attended Acacia Avenue, Waratah West, as part of an investigation into a stolen vehicle.

Upon seeing the officers, an 18-year-old male fled the scene.

However, the teenager was arrested after a short foot pursuit.

The man was taken to Newcastle Police Station, where he was charged with 22 offences, including seven counts of take and drive conveyance without consent of owner; two counts of aggravated break and enter dwelling etc in company intend steal; three counts of aggravated break and enter without knowing person there; two counts of aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence – people there; two counts of be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner; enter building/land with intent to commit indictable offence; possess housebreaking implements; damage property by fire; goods in personal custody suspected being stolen; custody of knife in public place; and never licensed person drive vehicle on road.

Police will claim he broke into homes at Hamlyn Terrace, New Lambton, Merewether, Cameron Park, Randwick, Eleebana and Valentine between January 2023 and March 2023.

He was refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court.

Inquiries are continuing.

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