Two arrested over power station theft

Copper wiring stolen from the decomissioned Augusta Power Station site.
Copper wiring stolen from the decomissioned Augusta Power Station site.

Two men have been caught red handed by police following a spate of thefts at the decommissioned Augusta Power Station.

Just after midnight on Saturday, January 11, a plain clothes police patrol attended the old power station to set up observations at the site in response to recent reports of thefts.

About an hour later, a car pulled up and parked about 300 metres from the station.

Police then approached the car, which had its number plates covered, and two men returned to the vehicle carrying a large amount of copper wire.

Officers detained the two men and searched the car, allegedly locating illicit drugs believed to be methamphetamine, insecure ammunition and prohibited weapons including pepper spray, a baton and a flick knife.

police also searched one of the arrested men's house, allegedly finding a silencer for a firearm, more insecure ammunition and drugs - plus more stolen copper wiring

A 35-year-old man from Port Augusta was arrested and charged with aggravated serious criminal trespass, theft and possession of a prohibited weapon.

While a 32-year-old man from Port Augusta has been arrested and charged with aggravated serious criminal trespass, theft, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of firearms and ammunition and possession of illicit drugs.

They have both been bailed to appear in the Port Augusta Magistrates Court on March 16.