Five men charged after break-ins

FIVE young men have been charged in a police investigation into local break and enter offences, including a break-in at the Coffs Harbour Council works depot and another at the Big Banana.

In what police have called a significant breakthrough in local crime, the recent arrests follow raids on three separate homes by Coffs Harbour detectives.

One of the accused, a 19-year-old man, is facing a total of 34 charges.

“Police have worked diligently and these are significant arrests,” Coffs Clarence Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said yesterday.

“They will hopefully result in a reduction of break and enter offences for the local community.”

The 19-year-old male is facing the largest wrap sheet of the five accused.

His 34 charges include multiple counts of aggravated break and enter, malicious damage, goods in custody, larceny, obtain by deception, receive stolen property and enter a building with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Police will allege he was involved in a break and enter at the council’s Marcia Street works depot last year, which left ratepayers footing the bill.

He has been granted conditional bail to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on March 8.

Investigators have revealed the four other men were allegedly involved in a recent break-in at the Big Banana.



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