Man Charged After Allegedly Burning Four Cars In One Night
A man has been charged after allegedly deliberately lighting a series of fires throughout November.
Police launched an investigation earlier this month into a spate of fires lit in the suburbs of Belmont, Windale, Gateshead and Charlestown in Lake Macquarie in the NSW Hunter Region.
It's alleged the blazes were deliberately lit between November 8 and November 19, as other parts of the state were in the grips of a bushfire emergency.
Police allege the fires were set in garbage bins and other items put out for council clean-up. They also claim four motor vehicles were set alight in James Street, Windale on November 15.
A house in Windale was searched by police on Tuesday, where they seized CCTV footage and clothing that will undergo forensic testing.
A 33-year-old man was arrested and taken to Belmont Police Station. He was later charged with 12 counts of destroy property by fire.
“Acts of arson at any time of year are extremely dangerous, let alone during the high temperatures we have recently experienced,” Lake Macquarie Police District Commander, Superintendent Danny Sullivan said on Wednesday.
“The capability of these fires to spread to nearby bushland and cause catastrophe is a real possibility."
Police did not comment on the man's motive for the alleged crime.
The man will face Belmont Local Court on Wednesday.
Contact Siobhan at firstname.lastname@example.org