Police charge man with breaking into home, stealing car at Illawarra

A man will face court today charged with breaking into a Balgownie home and stealing a car.

During a patrol of the Lake Illawarra area on Wednesday (29 April 2020), police allegedly witnessed a blue Toyota Corolla accelerate to high speeds to avoid police.

The car was tracked to an address in Port Kembla, where the driver – a 23-year-old man – allegedly ran into the backyard of a residential home.

Officers from Lake Illawarra Police District attended and witnessed the man drinking an unknown fluid from a container.

The man was arrested by virtue of outstanding warrants before disclosing the fluid he drank was GBL.

Police rendered medical assistance and called NSW Ambulance paramedics, who attended and took the man to Wollongong Hospital for treatment.

A crime scene was established at the home and inquiries commenced into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The man was released from hospital yesterday (Thursday 30 April 2020), and taken to Wollongong Police Station, where he was charged with drive motor vehicle during disqualification period and aggravated break and enter dwelling etc in company.

He was refused bail and is due to face Wollongong Local Court today (Friday 1 May 2020).

Police will allege the man – in the company of a 26-year-old woman – broke into a home in Balgownie on Thursday 26 March 2020 and stole jewellery and bedding, before stealing a car parked at the property.

Officers from Wollongong Police District charged the woman in relation to the alleged break and enter on Wednesday 8 April 2020. She remains bail refused and is due to appear in Wollongong Local Court on Wednesday 3 June 2020.

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