An arrest warrant has been issued for a Queanbeyan man charged after members of the public raised issues of suspicious activity and possible looting in North Nowra during the South Coast bushfire emergency.
Daniel Chasty-Hay, 30, failed to appear in Nowra Local Court on Monday, January 13, to face charges of possessing housebreaking implements, having goods in custody, possessing a knife in public place and outstanding warrants.
South Coast Police patrolling Pitt Street, North Nowra around 10.30am on Monday, January 6 allegedly saw Chasty-Hay acting suspiciously.
Officers stopped and spoke to him before conducting a search which allegedly found a knife, a jemmy bar, torches, pliers, military badges, and a debit card.
He was arrested and taken to Nowra Police Station.
Chasty-Hay was due to appear before Magistrate Gabriel Fleming in court on Monday but failed to appear.
Magistrate Fleming has issued arrest warrants.
Meanwhile, a 17-year-old male arrested by police at Bangalee on Sunday, January 5 for similar offences will face children's court later this month.
Officers were patrolling the Bangalee area shortly after 5pm on January 5, when they stopped and spoke to the 17-year-old male on Arwon Close.
During a subsequent search of the teen police located a screwdriver and bandanna.
He was arrested and taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with possessing housebreaking implements and possessing means disguising face with intent to commit an indictable offence.
He was granted conditional bail to appear at a children's court on January 23.