Charges laid following spate of Newcastle break-ins

A man has been charged following investigations into several alleged break-ins in Newcastle this month.

Officers from Newcastle City Target Action Group commenced inquiries following reports of several alleged break-ins of shops in the Newcastle area.

These included the alleged break-in of a coffee shop on Wharf Road and a shop on Hunter Street, Newcastle on Monday 7 May 2018; a theft from a supermarket at Wallsend on Saturday 12 May and the aggravated break-in of a supermarket at New Lambton on Monday 14 May.

Just before 5pm on Wednesday officers arrested a 43-year-old man at Cardiff.

A search of the man and his car allegedly located housebreaking implements and a knife.

He was taken to Waratah police station and charged with several offences including:

- Break, enter and steal;

- Break and enter with intent (steal);

- Larceny;

- Aggravated break, enter and steal in company;

- Carry cutting weapon on apprehension; and

- Possess housebreaking implements.

The man was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.