A Cobden teenager with substance abuse problems who burgled the Cobden Fire Station overnight on Saturday was today locked up after he was refused bail.

Timothy Black, 18, appeared in the Greymouth District Court this morning charged with burglary.

He was denied bail by Judge Stephen O'Driscoll, after police submitted that the risk of Black reoffending was too great.

Black allegedly kicked the station door in some time on Saturday night and stole a quantity of alcohol, among other items.


Cobden fire chief Gary Pollock said the burglar had kicked in the door and proceeded to go through the fire vehicles and lockers in the building, some time after 8.15pm on Saturday, after the brigade had returned from a callout.

He also attempted to remove a television from the wall.

Mr Pollock was gutted the brigade had been targeted: "There's some scrotes out there -- volunteer services and somebody rips you off. Not good."

A firefighter was visiting a neighbouring property yesterday morning and noticed the station door was open.

"I spent yesterday at the fire station repairing the door and fitting a new lock. According to the list we gave to the police we have got 99 per cent of the property back," Mr Pollock said.

Sergeant Andrew Lyes, of Greymouth police, said good police work enabled a quick arrest yesterday afternoon.

"The guys followed their noses and made some inquiries," Mr Lyes said.

In court this morning, Black's lawyer Richard Boyle asked the judge to consider granting him bail, citing his youth and his promise not to consume alcohol or drugs.


However, both alcohol and drugs were a factor in Black's offending and he could not remember committing the burglary.

Police strongly opposed bail, saying Black was at risk of re-offending and unlikely to refrain from using drugs and alcohol.

He had also failed to stick to his current sentence of supervision and had breached his community work sentence.

Judge O'Driscoll said he would not grant Black bail until he could work out exactly what was happening with his current sentences.

Black was remanded in custody to reappear in court on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the fire the Cobden Volunteer Fire Brigade attended earlier on Saturday evening is being treated as suspicious.

A Toyota 4x4 parked in the driveway of a Fox St property was destroyed in the fire.

Mr Pollock said they were called at 7pm when the owner discovered their vehicle burning in their driveway.

When the brigade arrived the owner had extinguished the fire himself, but the vehicle was "completely gutted".

Sergeant Lyes said the fire was "absolutely suspicious" and a police inquiry into the incident was under way.

The vehicle owner had not long returned home when he heard something and looked out to find the fire.

- Greymouth Star