Men face copper theft charges

AN early morning search of a suspicious-looking vehicle in Casino on April 11 revealed a scrap metal jackpot worth $20,000.

The vehicle's occupants, Craig Bunker and Jamie Roche appeared in Lismore Local Court only hours after police found alleged stolen copper wire, a pair of bolt cutters and cannabis inside their car.

Before the search, it was reported to police that the Country Energy depot at Kyogle had been broken into and copper wire stolen.

Richmond Local Area Command crime prevention officer Senior Constable Michael Hogan said the theft serves as a warning to construction companies to maintain vigilance.

Roche made an unsuccessful application for bail and faces charges of larceny, break and enter and having goods in custody suspected of being stolen.

Magistrate Robyn Denes said she was not satisfied that Roche would attend court in Lismore or not commit any further offences if he was granted bail.

Bunker's bail application was also refused.

Ms Denes said Bunker had a history of dishonesty and would face a custodial sentence if convicted.

Bunker is charged with larceny, break and enter, goods in custody suspected of being stolen, driving while disqualified and possession of a prohibited drug.

The men will re-appear in Lismore Local Court on April 19.



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