Police charge man after ram-raid at Umina

A man has been charged with multiple property offences following a ram-raid on the Central Coast this morning.

About 3.40am (Saturday 15 June 2019), a black 4WD vehicle drove through the shop front of bicycle store on West Street, Umina.

The driver then entered the store and allegedly stole an electrical bicycle valued at $4700, before returning to his vehicle and leaving the scene.

The black 4WD was located, abandoned at a nearby carpark a short time later.

About 7am (Saturday 15 June 2019), police received reports that a man fitting the description of the alleged person involved in the ram-raid was in the vicinity of West Street, Umina.

Following extensive patrols of the area, officers attached to Brisbane Waters Police District arrested man attempting to break into a vehicle on Alfred Street, Umina.

After the arrest, a search warrant was executed at a property on Sylvania Road, Umina where the alleged stolen bike was recovered. Several other items were also seized, linked to other stolen property investigations.

The 42-year-old man was charged with a total of 18 offences that included take and drive conveyance, drive while disqualified, break enter and steal, malicious damage, resist arrest, carry cutting weapon upon apprehension, steal from motor vehicle and trespass.

He was charged with four more property related offences as a result of the additional items seized at the Sylvania Road residence.

Bail was refused, and the man will appear at Gosford Local Court tomorrow (Sunday 16 June 2019).

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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