,Tools worth $25k seized

David SalvaireGeraldton Guardian

Geraldton police are working to match allegedly stolen tools valued at nearly $25,000 with the original owners after a search of a Spalding house last week.

A 32-year-old Spalding man is facing drug, stealing and weapons charges in relation to the incident.

Acting on information received from the public, police executed a Criminal Investigation Act warrant on a Spalding address about 9am on Tuesday October 18.

Police said they were looking for industrial tools resulting from alleged burglaries in the Webberton area.

The search allegedly revealed a number of stolen industrial items including generators, tool kits and machinery hidden throughout the house.

Police said the search also revealed 16 grams of methamphetamine, 470g cannabis, smoking implements, nunchucks and four different types of ammunition.

Senior Constable Lorne Buchan from Geraldton Police Station thanked the community for their assistance and asked any victims of recent burglaries to come forward.

“If anyone has been the subject of a burglary or stealing involving industrial tools then we’d like to speak to them because we may be able to return those items to their rightful owners,” Sen. Const. Buchan said.

“The people we’ve returned items to so far have obviously been very pleased with the result.

“We’re always working for the community and we’ll continue to do so but we also require their help so I encourage anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

The Spalding man is facing two counts of possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply, two counts of possessing prohibited drug paraphernalia and four counts of possessing unlicensed ammunition.

He faces a further charge of unlawful possession in relation to the allegedly stolen tools and one count of possessing a controlled weapon (nunchucks).

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court at a later date.

Police said other parties may have been involved in the alleged theft and investigations are ongoing.

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