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.