Power tools, copper wire stolen; man charged at Gloucester

A man will face court next month charged with several stealing and property offences near Gloucester.

Police from Manning-Great Lakes Police District and Hunter Valley Police District have been investigating two separate alleged break and enters at industrial businesses where an amount of copper wire was stolen. These offences occurred in September 2019 at Industrial Close, Dungog and on Friday 11 October at Tate Street, Gloucester.

On Thursday 10 October 2019 and Friday 25 October 2019, a business on Gloucester Tops Road, Forbesdale was allegedly broken into with several items taken including power tools, batteries and a wheelbarrow.

Initial investigations led police to believe these incidents were linked.

Following extensive inquiries, about midday yesterday (Tuesday 5 November 2019), police attached to Manning-Great Lakes Police District executed a search warrant at a home on The Buckets Way, Gloucester where they spoke with a 43-year-old man.

During the search, police allegedly located and seized items believed to be stolen including power tools, cannabis, methylamphetamine and clothing.

The man was arrested and taken to Forster Police Station.

He has been charged with break, enter and steal, stealing, goods in custody and possess prohibited drug.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Forster Local Court on Wednesday 11 December 2019.

Inquiries are continuing.

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