Man charged with 23 counts of burglary and theft for alleged Rochester crime spree

A NANNEELLA man has faced court charged with 23 counts of burglary and theft for an alleged crime spree targeting rural properties near Rochester.

Jacob Jenkins, 23, did not apply for bail in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and was remanded in custody.

From early November until Christmas Day, Jenkins allegedly committed burglaries and thefts on properties in Nanneella, Wyuna and Rochester.

He allegedly stole “hundreds and thousands” of dollars worth of property.

Jenkins was charged with the theft of motor vehicles, trailers, generators, power tools and other farm equipment.

He is also accused of stealing two firearms during burglaries on December 24 and 25 – the last offences of the alleged crime spree.

Police raided Jenkins’ Nanneella residence on Christmas Day and uncovered the allegedly stolen items, but Jenkins was not present.

After further investigations, Jenkins was arrested at a Rochester address on Tuesday.

Another man was spoken to by police and released without charge, pending further investigations.

Jenkins sat silently during a brief court appearance via video link in Bendigo on Wednesday, when the court heard he was withdrawing from methamphetamine.

He was remanded in custody to appear in the Echuca Magistrates’ Court on February 7.

Detective Senior Constable Russell Lock, of the Echuca Crime Investigation Unit, said they were hopeful the arrest would put a dent in what has been a recent rural crime spree.

He said police were sorting through the stolen items.

“Police are continuing to actively investigate this matter,” Detective Senior Constable Lock said.

Anyone with information about the crimes are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.