Stolen property and drugs found; man arrested

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A man will face court today charged with more than 30 property related offences, committed in Penrith.

Officers from the Nepean Proactive Crime Team commenced an investigation after reports more than 30 motor vehicles had been broken into or damaged in the area between Wednesday, October 29 and Sunday, November 14.

Following inquiries, investigators – with the assistance of North West Metropolitan Region Operations Support Group – executed a search warrant at a home on Watson Drive, Penrith, about 10am yesterday.

During a search of the home, officers located a large amount of stolen property, estimated to be worth in excess of $20,000, cannabis and gamma-hydroxybutyrate. These items were seized for examination.

A 39-year-old man was arrested at a house on Popondetta Road, Whalan, about 8.30pm that evening.

He was taken to St Marys Police Station and charged with 27 counts of ‘larceny’, three counts of ‘destroy or damage property’, two counts of ‘dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception’ and ‘breach of bail’.

Police will allege in court a number of bank cards stolen from the vehicles, were later used in fraudulent transactions.

The man was refused bail to appear at Penrith Local Court today.

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