Charges laid following break-ins in Newcastle

A man has been charged following investigations into several alleged break-ins in Newcastle this month, NSW Police say.

Officers from Newcastle City Target Action Group commenced inquiries following reports of several alleged break-ins of shops in the Newcastle area.

These included the alleged break-in of a coffee shop on Wharf Road and a shop on Hunter Street, Newcastle on Monday 7 May 2018; a theft from a supermarket at Wallsend on Saturday 12 May and the aggravated break-in of a supermarket at New Lambton on Monday 14 May.

Just before 5pm yesterday (Wednesday 16 May 2018), officers arrested a 43-year-old man at Cardiff.

A search of the man and his car allegedly located housebreaking implements and a knife.

He was taken to Waratah police station and charged with several offences including:

– Break, enter and steal;

– Break and enter with intent (steal);

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– Larceny;

– Aggravated break, enter and steal in company;

– Carry cutting weapon on apprehension; and

– Possess housebreaking implements.

The man was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Thursday 17 May 2018).