September 22nd, 2016
A 26-year-old Norlane man, already on two lots of bail for a range of offending, has been granted bail again, but this time with a $10,000 surety.
Rhys Humm, of Dove St, Norlane, appeared in Geelong Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with a range of offences including multiple counts of car theft, possessing ammunition, handling stolen goods and criminal damage by fire.
Detective Senior Constable Jess Timms told a bail hearing that during the early hours of July 17, two cars, one a $150,000 Porsche, were stolen from a Clifton Springs address.
He said the Porsche, with Humm’s fingerprints, was found dumped at Waurn Ponds three days later.
“On August 15, police executed a search warrant on a residence at Streeton Close, Corio, where Humm was then living and located a Suzuki vehicle stolen from Pt Lonsdale on August 5,” Sen-Constable Timms said.
“Humm was charged with a range of offending and released on bail.
“On August 24, a second warrant was executed on the property, with police this time finding items identified as coming from a burglary at Batesford on July 29. Again Humm was charged with a range of offending and bailed.”
Sen-Constable Timms said that on August 27, a burglary occurred on a residence in Nantes St, Newtown, where a quantity of property was stolen including a Subaru station wagon and a meat cleaver.
“At 7.50am on August 30, a Melbourne resident was woken by two men banging on his front door demanding to speak to a male not known to him,” he said.
“When he told the men this, one fled and the other, identified as Humm, set fire to a straw broom in the rear of the stolen Subaru and smashed the windows with a meat cleaver.”
Sen-Constable Timms said Humm then held up the meat cleaver at the victim and threatened him but fled when he realised the victim was filming everything on his phone.
“The stolen Subaru was recovered with Humm’s fingerprints on it,” he said.
Tim Sullivan, for Humm, said his client had family support, stable accommodation and his ex-girlfriend was prepared to put up a surety for his release.
Magistrate Tim Bourke granted bail with strict conditions including a $10,000 surety. Humm will reappear on October 20.
– Karen Matthews