Blackbutt Reserve broken into one day after reptile robbery

STOLEN: A central netted dragon, one of Blackbutt Reserve's missing reptiles.
STOLEN: A central netted dragon, one of Blackbutt Reserve's missing reptiles.

BLACKBUTT Reserve can’t catch a break.

Just one day after the beloved parkland lost most of its reptile collection in a brazen robbery, police have arrested a man and seized an EFTPOS machine believed to have been stolen from the park kiosk.

Highway patrol officers arrested the man shortly before 5am on Monday on the Inner City Bypass at Hillsborough. 

Police located the EFTPOS machine and believe it to be the council’s.

The man was not charged but investigations continue.

The arrest is unrelated to the hunt for the perpetrators behind the theft of 15 reptiles at the facility at the weekend, with investigations into that matter still ongoing.

Newcastle council has been buoyed by a wave of support for the facility in the wake of the heist.

In a post on Blackbutt Reserve’s Facebook page, wildlife handlers thanked the city for countless offers of reptiles to continue the popular children’s shows. If you can help, phone the Blackbutt Reserve office on 4904 3344.