Man charged following school copper theft

Monday 1 April 2024 5:15am – 

Brimbank Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged a 41-year-old man following the alleged theft of copper from a Sunshine North school on Friday night.

Police received a report of a man loitering near the Northumberland Road school about 7.30pm.

Patrols were conducted around the area with the Dog Squad, when a man was seen running from the schoolyard.

After a short foot chase, the man was arrested in the backyard of a nearby property.

A search of the man allegedly revealed he was in possession of tools used for the theft of copper and other fittings.

Investigators will also allege the man stole copper from the same school the previous night.

The Footscray West man was charged with multiple counts of burglary, trespass and going equipped to steal.

He was bailed to appear at the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

Brimbank detectives are currently conducting an operation targeting copper thievery in the area.

This includes actively monitoring scrap metal dealers to prevent stolen goods being purchased and sold.

Anyone with information in relation to copper thefts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au