Footage from cameras stolen from Werakata National Park used by police to catch camera thief

Thieves who stole cameras from a local National Park may receive a shock to find out they could be identified through the same stolen cameras.

The cameras in question were pulled off poles at Werakata National Park, where they were installed to target illegal dumping and hunting.

The battery-powered equipment uses the 3G network to immediately send images to an external National Parks base.

In other words, the camera keeps recording until it runs out of power, meaning the thefts may have been captured.

The thefts occurred on two different days, both in broad daylight.

The first incident occurred at Old Maitland Road, Cessnock on September 13, while the second happened at Hepburn Road, Abermain two days later.

National Parks and Wildlife are liaising with police in regards to the footage.

Central Hunter acting crime manager Detective Sergeant Mitch Dubojski said police were confident the incidents were captured and that the perpetrators would be caught.

He encouraged the offenders to return the cameras and hand themselves in before they were identified.