A giant tenement shelter has been stolen and the building’s owner has been arrested.
Key points:Tenement building in the city of Sydney was targeted by a hoarderWho was behind the brazen theft?
A man who called himself the “queen tenant” says he wants the building to stayA man and woman have been charged with burglary and theftThe suspect is believed to have used a chainsaw and a hammer to cut through the structure and take away items.
Tenement resident Andrew Stokes, who was the owner of the building, was charged with breaking and entering, and he has been released on bail.
Mr Stokes says the hoarder had broken into the building several times in the past and took away a number of items, including a TV and a stereo.
“We had an alarm going off because the tenant had come in and had been cutting through the windows, so we were concerned,” Mr Stokes said.
“He went through the whole property with a chainsaws and he had a hammer and he was smashing stuff.”
Mr Stocks said he had been living in the building since last November, but it was only recently that he had noticed the damage to the structure.
“I have lived here for nine years, so I am very familiar with it,” he said.”[The thieves] were obviously a bit of a nuisance.”
Mr Manners said the thief had been using a chainsword to smash through the building before he was arrested.
“The chain used was quite large and very strong, so the hammer was a bit stronger than the chainsaw,” he explained.
“They didn’t know how to use the chainsaws, so it was a pretty simple case.”
It’s just really sad, because this building is a lovely building.
“Police have released a CCTV image of the man and a woman in the CCTV image above, but have not confirmed their identities.
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