A MAN caught riding a stolen bike in Hamilton South has been charged with drugs and weapons offences after a police search.
About 7.30am Thursday Newcastle City Target Action Group officers stopped a male rider on a Norco Fluid bike on Fowler Street.
Police searched the 28-year-old Waratah man and allegedly located an extendable baton and a resealable bag containing methamphetamine.
A check on the bike revealed it had been reported stolen from a Hunter Street, Newcastle address on April 5.
The man was arrested and taken to Newcastle Police Station where he was charged with three offences including goods in custody reasonably suspected stolen, possess prohibited drug and possess prohibited weapon. He was bail refused by police to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Friday.
Police said they are working hard to reduce bicycle theft but rely heavily on community assistance and accurate reporting of stolen goods.
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