Man charged following Hunter break-ins


A man will face court next month after alleged stolen goods were found at a Hunter property yesterday.

In December 2020, officers attached to Port Stephens-Hunter Police District started an investigation into three break and enter offences, which occurred between Sunday 20 December and Wednesday 23 December, at a commercial premises on Junction Street, Telarah.

During the alleged incidents, a large amount of equipment and tools were taken from the business.

Following extensive inquiries, about 10am on Tuesday 9 February, police attended a home on Cessnock Road, Maitland, where they spoke with a 53-year-old man.

During a subsequent search of the property, officers located and seized a large amount of tools believed to be stolen from the Telarah business.

He was arrested and taken to Maitland Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of break and enter house steal value <= $60,000, and one count each of break and enter dwelling with intent to steal and goods suspected stolen in/on premises.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Maitland Local Court on Wednesday 10 March.