Illawarra Newsroom

Man to front court after alleged crime spree across northern Illawarra


A man accused of a crime spree across Thirroul, Bulli and Woonona between last Friday and Monday has been hit with 35 charges.

The 28-year-old is accused of breaking into multiple cars, homes and businesses.

It is alleged he also stole scripts and medication from a chemist.

He was arrested in Woonona yesterday after Police chased him on foot through bushland.

One officer suffered minor injuries and was taken to Wollongong Hospital for treatment.

The man was refused bail ahead of an appearance in Wollongong Local Court today where he faces 23 counts of larceny, two counts of break, enter and steal, two counts of take and drive conveyance, two counts of possess prescribed restricted substance, two counts of drive whilst suspended, dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, escape police custody, resist arrest and breach of bail.

Wollongong Police District Commander, Superintendent Evan Quarmby said the arrest serves as a reminder to anyone thinking of engaging in criminal activity.

"We have seen some fantastic work by our uniformed Police in locating the man we allege is responsible for a large number of thefts.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to remind the public to make sure that homes are locked and secured, security systems are installed and activated, and cars are locked.

"Please remember to keep your valuables safe, and if you see something, say something.

"We rely on the public to report suspicious behaviour, and we also rely on people reporting any property that has been stolen so we can investigate appropriately," Superintendent Quarmby said.

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