Second man charges after breakin on supermarkets



A SECOND man has been charged by detectives investigating aggravated break-ins at supermarkets around the Hunter region last year.

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In April 2018, detectives from the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad established Strike Force Tilyard to investigate six aggravated break-ins at supermarkets in the Hunter region between March 2017 and April 2018.

On Wednesday 31 October 2018, a 28-year-old man was arrested and charged in relation to the break-in at a Tea Gardens’ supermarket on Monday 5 March 2018. He remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, Strike Force Tilyard detectives arrested a 20-year-old man at Raymond Terrace Police Station about 3pm yesterday (Tuesday 15 January 2019).

The Tanilba Bay man was charged with aggravated break and enter in company.

Police will allege in court that the man was part of a group who stole cash after forcing their way into the store using sledge hammers, block splitters and jemmy bars.

He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Raymond Terrace Local Court on Tuesday 29 January 2019.

Investigations under Strike Force Tilyard are ongoing.

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