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A wood splitter was allegedly used to break into a gas station in Mortlake and steal hundreds of dollars worth of cigarettes. Senior Detective Wayne Ryan, of Warrnambool Police’s Criminal Investigations Unit, said a 33-year-old man from Mortlake was arrested over the weekend and charged in connection with the alleged burglary. He alleged the man broke down the front door of the Shell petrol station on Dunlop Street in Mortlake late Friday evening. “He then worked his way into a smoke cabinet using a wood splitter and stole a quantity of cigarettes,” Senior Detective Ryan said. He said the eight packs of cigarettes were valued at $420 and the damage bill was estimated at $500. Senior Detective Constable Ryan said he and Mortlake Uniformed Police attended a property on Bourke Street in Mortlake on Saturday and the 33-year-old man was arrested. He was later charged with burglary, theft and criminal damage. The man has been released on bail and will appear in Warrnambool Magistrates’ Court in May. IN OTHER NEWS: Now just a click away with our new app: Digital subscribers now have the ability to access faster information, at their fingertips with The Standard:

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