A man has been charged after a large number of water meters that were stolen in the Logan area since 2017.
An investigation commenced in 2017 after several water meters were stolen from unit blocks, homes and businesses in the area.
Logan Criminal Investigation Branch detectives then initiated an investigation that used a variety of overt and covert strategies with the assistance of the Logan City Council,
It will be alleged that the man stole the water meters and then on sold them for scrap metal.
Police estimate the man has made around $10,000 from the sale of the meters over the past two years.
The man was arrested yesterday, and it will be further alleged that he had a number of water meters on his possession.
A 44-year-old man has been charged with 174 counts of stealing and he is due to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on January 14.
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