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Accused Vic Christmas burglar denied bail

AAP logoAAP 4/01/2017 Christopher Talbot

A Victorian man allegedly swiped gifts from under trees and took thousands of dollars in jewellery during a burglary spree in the days before Christmas.

Police allege in court documents that Lance Robert Nikkelson, of no fixed address, travelled through Horsham before Christmas, burgling five houses and attempting to get into a sixth.

The 45-year-old allegedly stole presents from at least two homes, and took cash and jewellery, including a $4500 engagement ring.

Police told the court the engagement ring had not been recovered and the owner was distraught at having to spend her upcoming wedding anniversary without it.

Nikkelson is charged with numerous burglary offences in Horsham, and possessing a controlled weapon and using methylamphetamines in St Kilda, the court was told.

He was also allegedly caught by police outside a house in St Kilda in December with a hammer, black gloves, electrical tape and a jemmy bar, court documents say.

Nikkelson appeared on Wednesday in Melbourne Magistrates' Court, where he was refused bail.

Magistrate Tim Bourke remanded him in custody to reappear at Horsham Magistrates' Court on January 11 and Melbourne Magistrates' Court on January 20.

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