A man has been accused of allegedly breaking into abandoned houses and stealing property as people on the NSW South Coast fled last summer's devastating bushfires.
Troy Nye was on Thursday charged after an investigation was launched in January into reports of breaking, entering and theft in the Malua Bay area south of Batemans Bay.
Police raided the 37-year-old's Mogo property and uncovered a gel blaster, gel blaster ammunition, cannabis, a baton-shaped Taser, electronic goods and homemade mace.
Malua Bay, the hometown of NSW Liberal MP Andrew Constance, was severely hit in the hellish New Year's Eve bushfires.
More than 1000 residents and tourists were forced to shelter on a nearby beach for hours as flames and smoke surrounded them.
Nye allegedly struck after people had evacuated their homes, NSW Police allege.
He was charged with several unlawful entry, theft, weapon and driving offences.
Nye's matter was briefly mentioned at Batemans Bay Local Court on Friday and was granted conditional bail to appear at the same court on May 28.