Man charged in Rutherford for alleged thefts from cars in East Maitland, Gillieston Heights, Corlette and Raymond Terrace

A man has allegedly been caught in possession of items that connected him to a string of thefts from vehicles around the Hunter.

Police spotted a man walking along Alexandra Avenue at Rutherford on Sunday night.

The 38-year-old was wanted for questioning by police in relation to a break and enter offence at East Maitland earlier this year.

The alleged incident occurred in William Street on April 25. The window of a four-wheel drive was smashed and a wallet was stolen from the vehicle.

A bank card inside the wallet was allegedly later used at retail premises in East Maitland, Thornton and Beresfield to buy items valued in excess of $600.

Central Hunter crime manager Detective Inspector George Radmore said police connected the man to the alleged crime after CCTV footage allegedly captured him using the bank card.

Officers searched the man after they stopped him at Rutherford on Sunday.

He was allegedly found in possession of items linking him to three other theft offences in Gillieston Heights, Raymond Terrace and Port Stephens.

The man allegedly had keys to a Mini Cooper that was reported stolen from Gillieston Heights earlier this month. The vehicle was later recovered fully intact in Lorn.

Police also allege the man was in possession of items stolen on Sunday from a Holden Rodeo that was parked on a boat ramp on Seaham Road at Raymond Terrace and a Lexus that was broken into at a Corlette resort.

The man was charged with 15 offences including stealing from motor vehicle, dishonestly obtaining financial advantage, possession of house breaking implements and dealing in the proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail when he appeared in Maitland Local Court on Tuesday.

He is due to appear in court again on Wednesday, July 26.


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