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Pair face combined 42 offences after Lake Mac crime spree

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A man and woman have been charged with 42 combined offences following an investigation by Lake Macquarie Police District. 

Earlier this year, officers from the Lake Macquarie Proactive Crime Team commenced an investigation following several break, enter and steal offences they believed were linked. 

At about 5am on Tuesday 26th March, police were notified that a Chevrolet Silverado utility was allegedly stolen from a Cams Wharf address. 

A short time later, the ute was located alight at Belmont South, with the fire extinguished by Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters. 

General Duties police – assisted by the Dog Unit and Operation UTAH – established a perimeter around a nearby golf course and conducted further inquiries. 

Following an extensive search, a 30-year-old man and 20-year-old woman were arrested in bushland before being taken to Belmont Police Station. 

The man was charged with 35 offences including shoplifting, driving a motor vehicle during disqualification period, theft by deception, possession of stolen goods, motor vehicle theft, break and enter, destroying property, and larceny. 

The woman was charged with seven offences including dishonestly obtaining property by deception, break and enter, damaging property, vehicle theft, damage to property by fire, and larceny. 

Both were refused bail to appear before Belmont Local Court. 

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