A Rutherford man has been charged after a car was driven through a garage wall and onto a safe during a home break-in and thousands of dollars worth of items were stolen.
The 31-year-old man was arrested about 6.30am on Monday in relation to the break-in at Anna Bay on Saturday. He was also charged over two other break-ins which occurred in the Maitland area last month.
In the Anna Bay incident, police said car keys were found inside the home and used to drive a Ford Fiesta through a garage wall and onto a safe in a wardrobe, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
The safe was unable to be opened, but $2000 cash, a diamond ring, jewellery and credit cards were taken from the home.
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Once the man was in custody, police also charged him in relation to break and enter incidents at Aberglasslyn and East Maitland in October.
In the Aberglasslyn incident, which occurred on October 25, a wooden box containing various jewellery, a laptop, phones and keys for a vehicle were allegedly stolen.
The estimated total of the stolen items was between $5000 and $10,000, police said.
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The East Maitland break in took place five days earlier. Entry was gained to a shed and a KTM trail bike worth $20,000 was stolen along with a bicycle, a GoPro, power tools, a helmet and motorbike boots.
The motorbike was later found in nearby bush land by the owner.
The 31-year-old Rutherford man was charged with numerous offences and was refused bail to appear in court on November 11.