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Wednesday, 7 May 2014 4:52pm
Police have arrested a 20-year-old Millicent man for theft and other offences after he allegedly targeted a rural property on four occasions.
Between 29 April and 7 May 2014, police will allege the man unlawfully entered a rural property in the Wattle Range Council area and stole petrol.
On each occasion, he damaged the paddock lock to gain entry, cut the chain to the petrol bowser and siphoned the petrol.
After the first attempt, the property owner installed CCTV which later captured the same man committing the same offences three more times.
On the last occasion, the offender was seen with a second man and also captured them doing burn-outs in their vehicle on the paddock.
After further investigation, police were able to identify the suspect who was today charged with four counts of unlawfully on premises, three counts of theft, two counts of property damage and misuse of a motor vehicle on private land.
He was released on police bail and is expected to appear in the Millicent Court on 24 June.
Police are investigating whether the arrested man is responsible for a number of other reports of thefts in the area which included the theft of motorbikes and tools.
Anyone with information about the identity of the second man or any information that may assist police with the investigation, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au/