Police lay charges of stealing cellphones worth nearly $75,000 in Albury

Local police have charged a man with nearly 30 theft-related offenses following investigations into the theft of cellphones worth nearly $75,000 in the state’s Murray River area.

In September last year, officers attached to the Murray River Police District Proactive Crime Team opened investigations after reports that packages had been tampered with at telecommunications stores in Albury and Wodonga .

Police have been told that packages containing cellphones – totaling more than $74,500 – were stolen while in transit between May and October 2021.

After investigation, it was identified that the phones were allegedly resold in Melbourne, Victoria.

After further and thorough inquiries, police attended a house in Mahogany Court, Thurgoona at around 9.15am yesterday (Tuesday February 1, 2022).

A 24-year-old man was arrested and taken to Albury police station, where he was charged with 29 offences;

  • theft as custodian’s property value > $5000 (x5),
  • theft as value of custodian’s property > $2,000 (x11), and,
  • disposing of property – theft – serious criminal act (x13).

The Thurgoona man has been granted a strict conditional bond and is due to appear in Albury Local Court on Monday February 21, 2022.

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