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Following investigations into an aggravated break-in and property theft at a home in Corindi Beach yesterday, two men have been charged with several offences.

Police say that at about 3.30pm yesterday (Wednesday August 28), two men drove a stolen vehicle to a property on Corindi Park Drive. The owner of the property approached the two men asking what they wanted.

Police say that one of the men produced a hammer and used the weapon to gain access to the home where they stole property.

The owner, and two of his friends who had arrived during the incident, fled to a neighbouring property where they called police.

After investigations commenced, officers from the Coffs/Clarence Police District were told that a credit card believed to have been stolen from the Corindi Beach home had been used at a nearby service station in Mullaway.

At about 5.15pm officers say they located the stolen vehicle in a motel carpark on the Old Pacific Highway, Mullaway. Officers found the two offenders in a room at the motel and arrested them.

A search of the stolen vehicle allegedly revealed a rifle, gloves and items stolen from the Corindi Beach home.

The pair aged 27 and 38, were taken to Coffs Habour Police Station where the younger man was charged with intimidation, aggravated enter dwelling, steal property in dwelling, larceny and fraud.

The older man was charged with property stolen outside the state, damage property, intimidation, aggravated enter dwelling, steal property in dwelling, larceny and firearm possession.

Both men were refused bail and will be appearing in Coffs Harbour Local Court today.

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