23 farms hit in crime spree
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.