Media release

Darwin man arrested for stealing copper


Strike Force Trident have arrested a 45-year-old male in relation to multiple alleged incidents of copper theft which totalled at $9000.

Over the past several months police have received reports of stolen copper and copper related infrastructure in the Darwin region. Police believe the copper was stolen with intent to sell for money.

A business in Woolner was unlawfully entered by a group of offenders who stole a quantity of copper cable between 7 and 10 August 2019. They fled on foot prior to police arrival.

Police received information regarding some suspicious activity in the vicinity of the Woolner business around 3.00am on 15 August. Police attended and challenged a male who had stolen a length of copper cable. He swung the copper cable at police in an attempt to avoid apprehension. A Taser was deployed which enabled the officers to arrest the man. No injuries were sustained by police or the offender.

The 45-year-old male was charged with:

  • 3 X Stealing
  • 2 X Damage To Property
  • 3 X Trespass
  • 2 X Drive With Suspended Entitlement
  • 2 X Drive Defective Vehicle
  • 1 X Assault Police

He will appear in Darwin Local Court on today.

PFES Media