A Hamilton man accused of smashing a window to gain entry to a Monivae College dormitory has been remanded in custody after being identified through a photo taken by a caretaker.
Tyrone Fellenberg, 24, of Duke Avenue, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with five offences, including aggravated burglary, burglaries and possessing prescription medication without a prescription.
He made an unsuccessful bail application and was remanded in custody until November 25.
Detective Senior Constable Nick Roberts, of the Hamilton police crime investigation unit, said the man was arrested at his Duke Street home on Monday morning.
The caretaker at Monivae College disturbed the man while he was inside the school and took an image which led to the offender being identified.
"It was great work by the caretaker," Detective Senior Constable Roberts said.
"We were also pleased that the majority of property stolen in the offences was found at the man's home and has been returned to the victims."
The man is also charged with committing a burglary at a Tatlock Street home in Hamilton between November 12 and 15 when he stole sporting memorabilia, including two limited edition Geelong premiership posters and a blue coloured tool box containing toys.
The items were valued at $400.
Police allege the man then went to Monivae College overnight Friday and ransacked the school office.
He stole an Apple Macbook Pro computer worth $1600, two first aid kits, football boots, $50 cash, alcohol and a school blazer.
Mr Fellenberg allegedly attempted to steal a safe but was unsuccessful.
Police allege that about 12.30am Sunday morning the man returned to the school, smashed a window, opened a door and entered a dormitory where resident students were asleep.
"The caretaker heard him breaking in, disturbs the offender and takes a photo of him before the offender flees," Detective Senior Constable Roberts said.
"The offender then goes over the road and smashes another window to break into the Hamilton Pastoral Museum where he takes a small amount of cash from a drinks fridge.
"He also caused damage to a vintage model train set which is quite valuable."
It is also alleged Mr Fellenberg damaged a set of blinds at the museum by burning them with a cigarette butt.
Detective Senior Constable Roberts said police were able to identify the offender from the image the caretaker provided.
He said police attended Mr Fellenberg 's home on Monday and spoke with his mother, who directed officers to a nearby reserve.
Police located the stolen laptop, first aid equipment, football boots and toolbox inside a bush.
The stole school blazer was found on Mr Fellenberg's bed.
He was found in possession of prescription medication but no prescription.
The man was arrested, interviewed and charged with five offences.
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