A MAN has been charged with causing more than $40,000 worth of damage after he allegedly slashed dozens of tyres at a luxury car dealership and a business in Tamworth during a weekend spree.
Police executed a search warrant at a unit on Bourke Street on Wednesday afternoon in connection to the alleged vandalism, involving officers from the Gunnedah Proactive Crime Team.
A 54-year-old man was arrested and spent the night in custody.
Oxley Police District Detective Inspector Jason Darcy told the Leader property was also seized as part of the investigation.
Police issued a public appeal for information and released CCTV footage of a man they wished to speak to after more than 30 cars across two different locations allegedly had their tyres slashed with a sharp object in late September.
"The assistance from the media and the public appeal generated an immense amount of interest," Detective Inspector Darcy said.
He said the information that had been provided to police in response was "invaluable" and helped officers make a quick arrest. It is not confirmed whether the man in the CCTV was the man police arrested.
The man was charged with three counts of destroying or damaging property, including property worth more than $15,000; having goods in personal custody suspected of being stolen; and entering enclosed lands without a lawful excuse.
The accused did not enter pleas in Tamworth Local Court on Thursday.
Police launched an investigation after reports 17 vehicles at a car dealership on Marius Street had their tyres slashed some time between September 25 and September 26.
Officers were informed of about 15 company cars parked on Peel Street that had similar damage around that time.
The total damage bill came in around $41,000, according to police.
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