Pennington man arrested at Strathalbyn after falsely claiming to be victim of Adelaide Hills bushfires

A man claiming to be a victim of the Adelaide Hills bushfires was called out by the public, leading to his arrest. Photo: File.
A man claiming to be a victim of the Adelaide Hills bushfires was called out by the public, leading to his arrest. Photo: File.

Reports from members of the public resulted in the arrest of a man at Strathalbyn, where he was falsely claiming to be a victim of the recent Adelaide Hills bushfires.

A 59-year-old Pennington man was caught allegedly breaching his bail by pretending to have been affected by the fires, but after police received complaints about the man, he was arrested about 9am on Saturday, January 11.

A police statement said the man's actions caused "a great deal of concern in the local community".

"Police appreciate the information provided by the public which has led to his swift arrest," the statement said.

The man received bail again but had a curfew put in place along with strict conditions to not go to the Adelaide Hills before his court date on February 26, when he will face Mount Barker Magistrates Court.