A third person has been charged over an alleged NSW south coast looting incident in which a fire-damaged business was twice robbed for electrical goods.
Electrical items were seized on Friday afternoon after two homes were raided following reports of looting during the bushfire crisis, NSW Police said.
A 38-year-old man was arrested in Tilba Tilba and a 31-year-old woman was arrested in Narooma later on Friday evening.
Police said the pair twice broke into a fire-damaged business in Batemans Bay on January 8 to steal electrical goods.
A third man was on Saturday afternoon was stopped in a Mazda sedan in Batemans Bay and police allegedly found mobile phones inside the car. They allege the phones were stolen from the electrical goods business.
The 26-year-old, who was a passenger in the car, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property.
He was refused bail to appear at Batemans Bay Local Court on Sunday.
The 38-year-old man has been charged with larceny, entering a building to commit an indictable offence and possessing a prohibited drug.
The 31-year-old woman has been charged with larceny and entering a building to commit an indictable offence.
They were both scheduled to appear before court on Saturday.
NSW Police deputy commissioner Gary Worboys on Saturday said hundreds of officers were deployed on the NSW south coast to stamp out looting in the wake of the bushfires.
“If people want to steal, if people want to skulk around in the fire grounds and get up to mischief, we have a visible police presence and we have police in plain clothes and we have aircraft in the air that are looking over these grounds,” he told reporters.