MAN FACES COURT OVER CRIME SPREE

MAN FAC­ING 65 CHARGES AC­CUSED OF STRING OF BREAK-INS WHILE ON BAIL

Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By Bar­clay White

An ac­cused man al­legedly tried to cover his tracks at a busi­ness break-in by steal­ing the CCTV equip­ment that recorded his crime.

Joshua Bou­vac, 21, who was ar­rested on Fri­day af­ter a po­lice man­hunt at Toolamba, faced Shep­par­ton Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day af­ter al­legedly com­mit­ting a string of break-ins in the past three months while on bail.

Last month, he al­legedly broke into Fruit Works in Co­rio St, Shep­par­ton, be­fore leav­ing with $700 cash from the premises.

But be­fore he left, he al­legedly stole the CCTV record­ing equip­ment, which was worth more than $1000.

It was just one of the al­leged crimes from the 65 charges he is fac­ing from April to this month, rang­ing from small scale break-ins to large scale thefts of in­dus­trial ma­chin­ery.

With the sup­port of his fam­ily in court, he sat quiet in the dock as po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Kim Thom­son read out some of his al­leged crimes.

Some of the items he was al­leged to have stolen in­clude a ute worth $38 000, power tools worth $2950 and a sedan worth $10 000.

For the fi­nal few weeks of the crime spree, he was al­leged to have stolen a num­ber of guns, in­clud­ing a .22 semi-au­to­matic rif le.

At the time of his ar­rest, the to­tal value of ev­ery­thing al­legedly stolen was more than $100 000.

He was also ac­cused of us­ing metham­phetamines dur­ing the time of the crimes, as well as us­ing money and goods that were the pro­ceeds of crime.

He made no ap­pli­ca­tion for bail and said noth­ing dur­ing his brief ap­pear­ance.

Fam­ily mem­bers called out sup­port­ive mes­sages to him as po­lice took him away.

He will next face court on Septem­ber 12.

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