WARRNAMBOOL police are investigating a suspected link between the sighting of a white Holden Commodore near break-ins at sporting clubs and the arrest of a methamphetamine addict.
Joshua Saltmarsh, 22, of Spoonbill Street, Berwick, unsuccessfully applied for bail when he appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
He was arrested by divisional response unit police on Monday and charged with six offences including possessing methamphetamine, theft, theft from a vehicle and handling stolen goods.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said that in June Mr Saltmarsh had appeared in the Dandenong Magistrates Court and placed on a drug treatment order for drug and dishonesty offences.
He said while Mr Saltmarsh’s compliance with the order had been reasonable, he now faced 47 new criminal charges including burglaries, thefts and handling stolen goods valued at several thousands of dollars.
Mr Klestadt said Mr Saltmarsh had been arrested while consorting with serious drug-related offenders and in the possession of ice. He was remanded in custody to appear in the Dandenong Magistrates Court next Tuesday.
Senior Constable Pat Lynch told the court that a white Commodore, similar to the vehicle driven by Mr Saltmarsh, was seen near the Allansford football/cricket club when it was broken into recently. Burglaries have also been committed on sporting clubs in Port Fairy and Koroit in the past week.
The policeman said the vehicle also contained a large amount of property believed to have been stolen from a Foxhow property on Monday.
Senior Constable Lynch said Mr Saltmarsh was also a passenger in a white Commodore carrying false number plates which was involved in a petrol drive-off at Camperdown recently.
He said Mr Saltmarsh had a very strong methamphetamine habit and when he came to Warrnambool was found with a person charged with serious drug offences.