One of three men who had been wanted over a string of Border break-ins has muttered "dog" and stuck-up his finger at an Albury magistrate after being refused bail.
James Strauss lost his bail bid because magistrate Imad Abdul-Karim said there was simply too high a risk of him committing further offences.
But it is doubtful Mr Abdul-Karim would have seen Strauss giving him "the bird" as he chose to do so from behind the opened door leading back to the Albury Local Court cells.
His alleged co-offender Nathan Patrick Sullivan has also been arrested, but did not want to appear in the court dock, defence lawyer David Rofe said, as "he's not in the best" frame of mind.
A third man wanted by both Albury and Wodonga police, Kevin Kennedy, was still being sought.
They were wanted for questioning for break-ins last week at Albury-Wodonga businesses, as well as for outstanding warrants.
Sullivan faced charges of police pursuit, reckless driving and unlicensed driving.
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Strauss was on 21 charges, including multiple matters of car theft and reckless driving, six counts of unregistered driving, disposing of property suspected of being stolen and police pursuit.
In applying for bail, defence lawyer Jaimee Simonsen said Strauss wanted to "engage" with his four-year-old son and was seeking illicit drug rehabilitation.
But Mr Abdul-Karim said Strauss had "an unenviable" criminal record and there was an "unacceptable risk" of him adding to that list.
He adjourned their matters to July 22.
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