September 22nd, 2016
A Torquay man charged with stealing mail and other people’s ID to allegedly create false bank accounts has been refused bail.
Zac Warren, 28, appeared in Geelong Magistrates’ Court on Thursday facing a number of charges including theft, attempted deception and committing an indictable offence while on bail.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Kerrie Moroney said that, on August 21, Mr Warren had been arrested and charged with theft of a $299 drill from Bunnings in Torquay and was later bailed.
She said that on September 21, police investigating a number of thefts and deceptions went to a Zeally Bay Rd residence where they spoke with a male who told them Mr Warren had been staying there.
“During a search of Warren’s room police found numerous items of stolen mail and identification belonging to other people,” she said.
“It is believed Warren was using those items to create false IDs in order to open several false bank accounts.”
Sen-Constable Moroney said some of the mail was identified as having been stolen on September 16 and contained three cheques, two of which Warren had tried to cash using a stolen ID.
“Those cheques totalled $1368,” she said. “The third cheque, for $45,067.28, was banked into an ANZ account on September 18 and a receipt for this amount was also found during the search.”
The prosecutor said police suspected this ANZ bank account was a false account made by Mr Warren.
“Investigations are continuing and many more charges are expected to be laid,” she said.
Mr Warren was refused bail and remanded in custody for further mention on October 3.
– Karen Matthews