Forensic evidence has led to the arrest of a 52-year-old man accused of two break-and-enters in South Tamworth.
Michael John Finlay was arrested by police shortly before officers raided a Petra Avenue house on Monday.
Police will allege Finlay broke into a house in Hillvue Road on March 15.
During the break-and-enter, offenders forced entry through a front door and stole several goods from inside.
“An amount of items were stolen and there was also some items left behind by the offender which was seized by police,” Oxley Acting Inspector Geoff Sharpe told The Leader.
Those items were forensically examined and a DNA result was obtained recently leading to the charge.- Acting Inspector Geoff Sharpe
“Those items were forensically examined and a DNA result was obtained recently leading to the charge.”
Finlay is also accused of breaking into a Kathleen Street property through a ground floor side window.
“Clothing, a laptop computer, a large amount of goods including a TV, SLR camera and a PlayStation were removed,” Acting Inspector Sharpe said.
“Police had the premises forensically tested and conducted a canvas of the neighbouring area and it was information received from witnesses that resulted in a 52-year-old male being identified as a suspect.
“This information led police to an address in Petra Avenue where a search was conducted.
“A large amount of property that police will allege was stolen from the Kathleen Street premises was seized.”
Finlay has been charged with aggravated break-and-enter and break, enter and steal relating to the two incidents.
He was refused bail by police and appeared in Tamworth Local Court on Tuesday where he was refused bail again.
This was an excellent example of Target Action Group (TAG) and general duties as well as forensic police working together hand-in-hand with information provided by the public to make an arrest and recover the goods.- Acting Inspector Geoff Sharpe
He was remanded into custody to appear in court later this month.
Acting Inspector Sharpe said some of the goods seized from Petra Avenue had been returned to the alleged victims.
“We were able to recover and return some of the suspected stolen items,” he said.
“This was an excellent example of Target Action Group (TAG) and general duties as well as forensic police working together hand-in-hand with information provided by the public to make an arrest and recover the goods.”
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