$50,000 haul in Corowa home raid

CRIME victims have praised police after investigators this week recovered stolen property valued at $50,000 from a Corowa house.

NSW and Victorian police found a large haul of tools and other goods when they raided a Walker Street house on Tuesday night.

Wodonga’s Detective Leading Sen-Constable Ian Deverell said police believed the goods had been stolen in the past two months from homes and businesses at Wahgunyah, Rutherglen, Chiltern and Corowa.

The site manager at the saleyards being built at Barnawartha North, Wayne Aurisch, said he had not expected to get back tools valued at $15,000, stolen last Friday night.

“You do assume once stuff is gone, it’s gone for good,” Mr Aurisch said.

“I thought the police response was great.”

A Rutherglen man, 86, whose ride-on mower was taken, was also grateful.

“I’ve got to thank the police for the effort they did,” he said.

“We know who to contact in an emergency.”

The man did not want to be named, fearful of retribution from those responsible for the theft.

“We’re getting on in years and we don’t get around much,” he said.

Albury detectives have charged a Corowa man, 30, with six offences, including aggravated break and enter, receiving stolen property and receiving stolen property from a state outside NSW.

He has been remanded to appear before the Albury Local Court next week.

Wodonga detectives said he would be charged on summons for alleged Victorian offences.

Albury Detective Sgt Chris Wallace said the charges related to break-ins at Corowa businesses during the past week where tools were taken.

He praised Corowa police for their work and said people who had endured break-ins in the past fortnight should contact the station to check whether their property was there.

“It was a good display of community-based policing,” Sgt Wallace said.