A MAN has been arrested after he was allegedly caught red-handed breaking into a school at Nowra this morning.
Police say they responded to reports of a break-in at a school on John Purcell Way about 6.40am.
On arrival, officers discovered that the canteen had been broken into and, after a brief search of the school grounds, located a man who tried outrunning officers on foot.
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The dog squad and police helicopter joined the chase and, after receiving a tip-off from the community, arrested a 42-year-old man at a garage on John Purcell Way about four hours later.
He was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with two counts of break and enter, enter enclosed lands and a revocation of parole warrant.
He has been refused bail and will appear at Nowra Local Court tomorrow.