Police charge man with stealing, drug and fraud offences – Port Stephens-Hunter

*PLEASE NOTE: Images of some seized items are available on NSWPF social media.

A man will face court today charged with a string of stealing, drug and fraud offences around the Hunter Region.

Officers from Port Step hens-Hunter Police District commenced an investigation following the theft of property – including power tools, electronics, identification cards and bank cards – from multiple motor vehicles in the areas of Kurri Kurri, Caves Beach, East Maitland and Chisholm, between 25 August and 21 October 2020.

Following extensive inquiries, investigators executed a search warrant at a home on Allandale Road, Cessnock, about 11:30am yesterday (Friday 23 October 2020).

Police allegedly located and seized a number of items suspected to be stolen, including a helmet, assorted bank cards, power tools, a physio bag, 22 cannabis plants and a firework.

A 26-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Cessnock Police Station, where he was charged with four counts of larceny, 14 counts of dishonestly obtain property by deception, four counts of drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, cultivate prohibited plant, and goods in personal custody suspected being stolen.

Police will allege in court that a number of the stolen bank cards were used in fraudulent transactions.

He was refused bail and is due to appear in Newcastle Local Court today (Saturday 24 October 2020).

Inquiries continue.

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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