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Man charged following Hunter copper theft


A man has been charged following an investigation into a break and enter at an electrical substation in Wallsend last month.

About 1.20am on Monday 18 September, a premises on Abbott Street was allegedly broken into.

Police were told copper cabling, a ute, trailer, and a large number of power tools were stolen, with an estimated value of $150,000.

A short time later, the vehicle was found burnt-out at Redhead Beach.

Officers from the Newcastle City Police District Proactive Crime Team then began inquiries.

Following an extensive investigation, they executed a search warrant at a Marks Point address about 1.45pm on Tuesday 3 October.

Police will allege in court that upon arrival, a man was located in the driveway of the premises stripping copper cabling.

A subsequent search of the property revealed a large quantity of tools alleged to have been stolen from the Abbott Street substation.

A 38-year-old man was arrested at the scene before being taken to Belmont Police Station where he was charged with aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence, receive property – theft, enter building/land with intent to commit indictable offence, larceny, and destroy or damage property.

He first appeared before Belmont Local Court on Wednesday 4 October, where he was formally refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 12 October.

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