A MAN accused of carrying out a crime spree of commercial burglaries with his brother has been denied bail.
Brent Caddy, 34, made the application in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Monday after he was charged with 54 offences including burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, and arson.
Detective Leading Senior Constable Andrew Heazlewood told the court Mr Caddy and his brother Korey Caddy allegedly stole cars and burgled about 20 businesses between May 9 and July 30 this year.
Read more court: Accused fronts court after allegedly throwing a rock at a truck
The detective said there was a common pattern of the businesses being ram raided with the stolen vehicles before the cars were set on fire.
Detective Leading Senior Constable Heazlewood said the damage to businesses cost about $150,000, while property valued at about $90,000 was stolen.
The detective told the court the damage to the stolen vehicles was in excess of $200,000.
Detective Leading Senior Constable Heazlewood said Mr Caddy was released from custody for other offending in April this year. The alleged new offences started only six weeks later.
The court heard Mr Caddy was arrested at his Epsom home on July 30. During a search warrant, police allegedly found a taser and gun belts with ammunition.
Detective Leading Senior Constable Heazlewood said Mr Caddy made admissions to some of the offending during his record of police interview.
The prosecution opposed the bail application, saying Mr Caddy was at risk of committing further offences while on bail.
Read more court: Bendigo man jailed for air wing chase, burglary
Defence counsel Markorius Habib told the court while Mr Caddy had prior convictions, he was deemed suitable for the Court Integrated Services Program and had stable accommodation in the Geelong area.
Mr Habib said the defence were contesting some of the charges so there could be a significant delay in the court proceedings.
The defence counsel said the delay could be seen as an exceptional circumstance.
But Magistrate Russell Kelly said the allegations were very serious, the prosecution's case was strong, and Mr Caddy's priors were "extensive".
Mr Kelly said he was satisfied there was an unacceptable risk that could not be ameliorated through bail conditions.
The magistrate refused bail and Mr Caddy was remanded in custody. He is due to return to the Bendigo Magistrates' Court next month.
Korey Caddy has also been remanded in custody on charges relating to the alleged offending. He will also front court next month.
Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content:
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.