Crime spree alleged

June 20, 2017

Joshua Bouvac, 21, was arrested on Friday after a police manhunt at Toolamba and faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court yesterday on 65 charges ranging from small-scale break-ins to large-scale thefts.

An accused man allegedly tried to cover his tracks at a business break-in by stealing the CCTV equipment that recorded his crime.

Joshua Bouvac, 21, who was arrested on Friday after a police manhunt at Toolamba, faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court yesterday after allegedly committing a string of break-ins in the past three months while on bail.

Last month, he allegedly broke into Fruit Works in Corio St, Shepparton, before leaving with $700 cash from the premises.

But before he left, he allegedly stole the CCTV recording equipment, which was worth more than $1000.

It was just one of the alleged crimes from the 65 charges he is facing from April to this month, ranging from small scale break-ins to large scale thefts of industrial machinery.

With the support of his family in court, he sat quiet in the dock as police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Kim Thomson read out some of his alleged crimes.

Some of the items he was alleged to have stolen include a ute worth $38000, power tools worth $2950 and a sedan worth $10000.

For the final few weeks of the crime spree, he was alleged to have stolen a number of guns, including a .22 semi-automatic rifle.

At the time of his arrest, the total value of everything allegedly stolen was more than $100000.

He was also accused of using methamphetamines during the time of the crimes, as well as using money and goods that were the proceeds of crime.

He made no application for bail and said nothing during his brief appearance.

Family members called out supportive messages to him as police took him away.

He will next face court on September 12.

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