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A man has been charged with driving and property offences after police seized housebreaking implements from a car at Lismore.

Officers attached to Richmond Police District’s Proactive Crime Team were at a service station on Ballina Road about 2pm on Monday 4 April 2022, when they saw a blue Holden Commodore bearing number plates registered to another vehicle.

Police spoke with the driver – a 25-year-old man – and seized housebreaking implements and drug paraphernalia when the vehicle was searched.

The search continued after the man was arrested, with police seizing more than a dozen mobile phones, a chainsaw, a modem, fifteen boxes of Christmas lights, a camera, a gaming console and other miscellaneous items. Police will allege in court these items are believed to have been stolen from local properties.

The man was taken to Ballina Police Station and charged with drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, use uninsured motor vehicle, use unregistered registrable Class A motor vehicle on road, drive vehicle on road or road related area, motor vehicle tax not paid, use class A vehicle with unauthorised number plate affixed, drive vehicle under influence of drugs, possession of equipment for administering prohibited drugs, possess housebreaking implements, and goods in personal custody suspected being stolen.

The Drake man was refused bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court yesterday. Investigations into the alleged break and enter offences are continuing.

Officers from Richmond PD say they are continuing to target those committing property offences within the community while flood recovery operations remain ongoing.

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