A 38-year-old man has been charged with two break-and-enters in Casino after he absentmindedly left his mobile phone at one of the addresses.
Police allege the man broke into two houses on Monday afternoon (29 June) between 2pm and 6pm.
Action figures, costume jewellery and a watch were stolen from a house on Gitana Street, while a television and two trinket boxes containing jewellery were stolen from a property in Canterbury Street.
Later that evening, the residents of the Canterbury Street home located an unidentified mobile phone in the house and informed police, who were able to link it to the alleged offender.
Further investigations led to the recovery of most of the stolen items.
The man has been refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today.