A MAN who allegedly stole four rifles and a motorbike from a Strathdale property has been denied bail.
Joshua Luke Gahan, 30, made the application in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Thursday after he was charged with offences including theft of a firearm.
Police alleged sometime between 6pm on November 6 and 8.30am on November 7, Mr Gahan went to a Strathdale address and broke into a shed.
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He allegedly stole four rifles, ammunition, and a Kawasaki motorbike before leaving the property.
The court heard the victim reported the burglary and detectives examined the crime scene.
Police allegedly found a cigarette butt with Mr Gahan's DNA at the Strathdale address.
On November 15, police arrested Mr Gahan's associate after they allegedly found him in possession of the stolen motorbike.
Officers searched the man's phone and found photos of the stolen bike and firearms, which had allegedly been sent from Mr Gahan.
Police alleged on November 29, Mr Gahan and a co-accused burgled a Wychitella property, stealing items including a solar panel, clothes, and $5000 in coins.
The gun safe at the property was also allegedly accessed, although only a rifle bolt and magazine were taken.
The court heard sometime between November 28 and December 1, Mr Gahan allegedly stole a silver Holden sedan from a Wedderburn property.
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That vehicle was found on a dirt road in Wedderburn on December 1.
Police alleged Mr Gahan's handprint was found on the car, along with several items that had been stolen from the Wychitella property.
The court heard police executed a search warrant at a Kangaroo Flat property on December 4.
They allegedly found four firearms buried in the backyard, along with ammunition and other items.
Mr Gahan was arrested at the property and made a no comment interview to police.
Detective Senior Constable Jamie Stubbins told the court Mr Gahan should not be released on bail because he was an unacceptable risk of reoffending.
The detective said Mr Gahan had been found in possession of 13 firearms since 2014, and the 30-year-old had previously breached bail and other court orders.
Defence lawyer Tas Antos told the court Mr Gahan had been accepted into a residential rehabilitation facility for the first time.
Mr Antos said Mr Gahan had a drug abuse issue so treatment at the facility would help ameliorate any risk.
The defence counsel said Mr Gahan was also contesting the charges so there could be a considerable delay before the case made it to trial.
Magistrate Sharon McCrae said Mr Gahan had an unimpressive criminal history, which reflected his disregard for bail and court orders.
Ms McCrae said while the rehabilitation facility would be a "significant" opportunity for Mr Gahan, she was not satisfied the program would reduce his risk of reoffending.
The magistrate refused Mr Gahan's application and remanded him in custody. He is due to return to the Bendigo Magistrates' Court later this month for a committal hearing.
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