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Man arrested after allegedly stealing jewellery and car from Balgownie home

police handcuffsA MAN will face court today charged with allegedly breaking into a Balgownie home and stealing jewellery and bedding, before making-off with a car parked at the property.

During a patrol of the Lake Illawarra area on Wednesday (April 29), police allegedly witnessed a blue Toyota Corolla accelerate to high speeds to avoid police.

The car was tracked to an address in Port Kembla, where the driver – a 23-year-old man – allegedly ran into the backyard of a residential home.

The man was arrested by virtue of outstanding warrants before he disclosed to police that he had drank an amount of GBL. Police rendered medical assistance and called NSW Ambulance paramedics, who attended and took the man to Wollongong Hospital for treatment.

A crime scene was established at the home and inquiries commenced into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The man was released from hospital yesterday (Thursday April 30), and taken to Wollongong Police Station, where he was charged with drive motor vehicle during disqualification period and aggravated break and enter dwelling etc in company.

He was refused bail and is due to face Wollongong Local Court today (Friday May 1).

Police will allege the man – in the company of a 26-year-old woman – broke into a the Balgownie home on Thursday (March 26) and stole jewellery and bedding, before stealing a car parked at the property.

Wollongong Police have charged the woman in relation to the alleged break and enter on Wednesday April 8. She remains bail refused and is due to appear in Wollongong Local Court on Wednesday June 3.


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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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