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Man charged over Hunter break and enters

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A man has been charged following an investigation into several break and enters across the Hunter over the past three months.

In July 2023, the Port Stephens-Hunter Police District Property and Drug Crime Team set up Strike Force Cared.

It was established to investigate break and enters reported by supermarkets across the Port Stephens-Hunter, Newcastle City and Hunter Valley police districts as they were believed to have been linked.

About 3pm on Thursday 31 August, officers were called to a hardware store on Vincent Street, Cessnock, following reports a man was allegedly attempting to shoplift.

Police arrested a 38-year-old male at the scene before he was taken to Cessnock Police Station.

Following extensive inquiries, the man was charged with six counts of break and enter house etc steal, break and enter dwelling-house etc with intent (steal), and larceny.

He was refused bail to appear before Cessnock Local Court on Friday 1 September.

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