A chainsaw, valued at over $1,000 was returned to its owner after the man read a court report in the Post/Star and positively identified the stolen item.

Last Friday, Neil James Bennett of Polwombra Road appeared in court after he was caught carrying a 44-calibre pistol on a bus run between Batemans Bay and Moruya the previous Wednesday.

Mr Bennett also pleaded guilty to charges of not keeping a firearm safely, having an unregistered and uninsured firearm, self-administering, growing and possessing a prohibited drug and having goods in his custody which may reasonably be suspected of being stolen.

The Post/Star detailed the stolen goods, including the chainsaw.

An officer from the Far South Coast Drug and Anti-Theft Unit said after reading the article and the location of the search warrant, the owner of the chainsaw contacted the Unit, in the faint hope the chainsaw in question was his.

“The chainsaw was returned to the happy owner on Friday,” the officer said.

“This is just another example of how the police and the community can work together to help solve crime.

“If residents do read information in a story published in the Post/Star that they believe are related to a recent incident, they shouldn’t hesitate to call the police.”

People can contact Batemans Bay Police station on 4472 0099 or Moruya Police Station on 4474 2444.

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