23 farms hit in crime spree

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IT WAS un­lucky num­ber 23 for a Nan­neella man.

The 23-year-old was charged in Bendigo Mag­is­trates’ Court on Wed­nes­day with a string of 23 bur­glar­ies and thefts tar­get­ing ru­ral prop­er­ties near Rochester.

The court heard Ja­cob Jenk­ins started the crime spree in early Novem­ber and fin­ished with the thefts of two firearms dur­ing bur­glar­ies on De­cem­ber 23 and 24.

The court also heard Jenk­ins was with­draw­ing from metham­phetamine at the time when he ap­peared briefly via video link.

Jenk­ins stole ‘‘in ex­cess of a hun­dred thou­sand’’ dol­lars worth of equip­ment from prop­er­ties in Nan­neella, Wyuna and Rochester.

He was charged with the theft of trail­ers, mo­tor ve­hi­cles, gen­er­a­tors, power tools and other farm equip­ment.

The stolen items were seized by po­lice when they raided Jenk­ins’ Nan­neella res­i­dence on Christmas Day, but he was not present.

Jenk­ins was ar­rested at a Rochester ad­dress on Tues­day af­ter fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions which in­cluded an­other man be­ing spo­ken to by po­lice and re­leased with­out charge.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Con­sta­ble Rus­sell Lock of the Echuca Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion unit said there may be more charges com­ing his way.

‘‘In­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue into the ru­ral bur­glar­ies with lots of items be­ing re­ported as stolen that haven’t yet been re­cov­ered,’’ he said.

Jenk­ins did not ap­ply for bail and was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear in the Echuca Mag­is­trates’ Court on Fe­bru­ary 7.

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