A man accused of robbing Narromine churches and businesses and destroying a waste depot building by fire is involved in negotiations with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Nathanial Thorne-Coates was not required to appear via prison video link when 14 charges were brought before Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday December 10.
The 23-year-old from Narromine has not entered pleas to 10 charges of aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence in company, two charges of aggravated break and enter with intent in company and single charges of aggravated enter dwelling with intent in company and use fire to destroy property in company.
The DPP said a case conference had been productive.
“There has been some resolution,” the prosecutor said.
“We seek a further adjournment for ongoing negotiations.”
Magistrate Andrew Eckhold excused Thorne-Coates from appearing in court in person and adjourned all charges to January 21.
There was no application for bail which was formally refused.
Prosecution facts tendered to the court allege Thorne-Coates stole $1000 in cash, two data projectors, a kettle and microwave during an aggravated break and enter at St Mary’s Anglican Church between 11am on August 24 and 9.25am on August 25.
He is alleged to have entered St Augustine’s Catholic Church and St Augustine’s Primary School with intent to commit indictable offences between 12.30pm on August 25 and 4.45pm on August 27 and 8pm on August 26 and 8.30pm on August 27.
Police allege Thorne-Coates attempted a break and enter at the Macquarie Clothing store between 7.25pm and 7.30pm on August 28.
He is alleged to have stolen $1430 in cash during an aggravated break and enter at the Narromine Uniting Church between 12pm on August 29 and 10.45am on August 30.
Police allege Thorne-Coates entered the Seventh-Day Adventist church with intent to commit an indictable offence between 8.30pm on August 29 and 8.30am on August 30.
He is alleged to have stolen television sets, computers and alcohol from the Narromine Turf Club between 6pm on August 31 and 7.15am on September 2 and a television and stereo system from U-Store storage sheds between 12.05am and 9.33am on September 9.
Thorne-Coates is alleged to have stolen 100 packets of potato chips, two cartons of soft drink, $100 worth of assorted lollies and a wheelie bin from Narromine Fruit and Vegetables between 10.10pm on September 12 and 12.04pm on September 13.
He is alleged to have stolen $1400 in cash from the Narromine Waste Depot between 4.19pm on September 19 and 10.24am on September 20.
He is further alleged to have damaged the waste depot building by fire, causing an estimated $100,000 damage.
Between 12.20am and 12.31am on September 22 Thorne-Coates is alleged to have stolen a golf kart from Narromine Golf Club.
Thorne Coates and a 17-year-old youth were arrested when police executed a search warrant on September 24.
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