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Bail bid for man facing theft counts

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December 08, 2017

AN ECHUCA man accused of a range of thefts and burglaries across the district will attempt to be released from jail later this month.

AN ECHUCA man accused of a range of thefts and burglaries across the district will attempt to be released from jail later this month.

Matthew Gruber, 41, appeared via videolink at Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday where his lawyer Matt Mahady requested an adjournment to December 19 for a bail application.

Magistrate Bruce Cottrill granted the adjournment.

Gruber has been in custody for five weeks after handing himself in to police without realising it on November 3.

He is facing 17 charges, including burglaries, car thefts, thefts of number plates and a petrol station drive-off.

Police allege he committed a burglary on a house in Echuca-Mitiamo Rd on October 17, where he stole $2000 worth of jewellery and cash, before stealing a Holden Commodore parked there.

Two days later, Gruber allegedly stole power tools, jewellery, a computer and a camera, valued at $7000, from a Goornong property.

He was also charged in relation to his alleged role in the burglary of a house on Kimbolton-Axedale Rd, where $2000 worth of property was stolen. The owner arrived home during the alleged burglary.

Gruber allegedly stole number plates from a car in Echuca on October 27 and plates from cars in Kyabram and at the Bendigo Tennis Centre on Nolan St the next day.

He then allegedly stole $130 in fuel from Caltex on High St.

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