Pumps, power tools, buggy seized as man charged over Hunter break-ins

A farm buggy, water tanks, generators, pumps and power tools have been seized after an arrest by Rural Crime Investigators in the state’s Hunter yesterday.

The Rural Crime Prevention team attached to Hunter Valley Police District have been investigating break and enter offences targeting rural properties in Merriwa and surrounding areas over the past month.

When a search warrant was executed at a property on Roma Road, Merriwa, items – alleged to be stolen – were seized including a farm buggy, water tanks, generators, pumps, kitchenware, corrugated iron and power tools.

The items recovered are estimated to be worth approximately $80,000.

About 2.30pm yesterday (Wednesday 2 January 2019), a 57-year-old man was arrested when he attended Muswellbrook Police Station.

He has been charged with 10 offences including break enter and steal (x2), enter building/land with intent commit indictable offence, larceny (x3), enter enclosed lands not prescribed premises without lawful excuse (x2), destroy or damage property (x2).

The man was refused bail to appear in Wyong Local Court today (Thursday 3 January 2019).