A Creswick man arrested during a police raid on Thursday has been charged with stealing 11 cars across the Ballarat region over the past six months.
Tristian Bailey Stringer was arrested at a Wendouree property in the morning and faced the Ballarat Magistrates Court the same afternoon.
Charge sheets obtained by The Courier show the 20-year-old has been charged with 27 offences allegedly committed between November and May at places including Creswick, Ballarat, Brown Hill, Nerrina, Mount Clear and Warrenheip.
The charges include car thefts, driving, drug and bail offences, and his lawyer Josh Cunningham indicated there could be more to come.
He said his client would not apply for bail at this stage because the case may move to a filing hearing.
Mr Cunningham said Stringer was withdrawing from a drug of dependence and this should be noted for his custody management.
Magistrate Gregory Robinson remanded him in custody until next week where he will appear in court by a video link.
Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man who was arrested during a dramatic raid in Mair Street on Wednesday remains in custody.
Jason Greishan Crawford appeared in the dock of the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Thursday wearing a black tracksuit.
He did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody until next week. Crawford has been charged with six offences relating to incidents on May 10 and May 13.
They include attempted burglary, theft, trespass, car theft and dishonestly obtaining property.
Charge sheets obtained by The Courier states the accused attempted to burgle a Stockland Wendouree car wash and attempted to steal a utility at Wendouree on May 10.
It says the accused, at Alfredton on May 13, stole a $60,500 Mazda CX9 and used a stolen bank card to dishonestly obtain cigarettes and drinks worth $83.48 from BP Ballarat West.
A police spokesperson said Crawford was capsicum-sprayed after allegedly trying to flee the premises during his arrest on Wednesday.
"A 20-year-old man was also arrested at the scene in relation to separate matters and has been bailed to appear at court at a later date," the police spokesperson said.
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