A distinctive pair of green Nike shoes have linked a Border man to a string of break-ins worth tens-of-thousands of dollars, a court has heard.
Kayne Phillips and others were allegedly involved in burglaries and thefts in the Rutherglen region last year.
In one theft on a shipping container at a Murray Valley Highway property last August, chainsaws, a water pump, a generator and other items worth $11,120 were stolen.
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A burglary about a week earlier at Kergunyah netted nine chainsaws worth about $10,000.
Phone tracking allegedly linked Phillips and a co-accused to the incident.
Shoe imprints were examined by crime scene officers.
They allegedly matched the shoes worn by Phillips in other break-ins, including at the Rutherglen Shell service station where 140 packets of cigarettes were stolen.
The green shoes could be seen on security footage, with the value of the theft and damage put at $5600.
Nearby McNamaras AGnVET was targeted the same night with cash, a dozen pairs of boots and other items stolen, and the same shoe impressions found.
Police raided Phillips' Waugh Road home and found some of the stolen boots, eight packets of cigarettes, and a text message asking someone if they could sell the cigarettes for him with a photograph.
His vehicle was intercepted on Wagga Road on September 1 and the Nike runners and some allegedly stolen tools seized.
He remains in custody for an armed burglary at a Wodonga home last August and will return to court on November 20.
Magistrate Peter Dunn said the charges would warrant jail time if proven.
"It's just a question of how long," he said.