Commercial burgs busted in joint operation

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 31 July 2020 05:48

Police from seven different units joined forces yesterday in executing three search warrants and arresting four people as part of an ongoing investigation into commercial burglaries and thefts across the state.

The operation, which was co-ordinated by Campaspe Crime Investigation Unit, involved investigators from:

• Melton Volume Crime Unit and Melton Crime Investigation Unit

• Central Goldfields Crime Investigation Unit

• Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit

• Macedon Ranges Crime Investigation Unit, and

• North West Metro Task Force.

Police executed a search warrant Rowan Ave, Kealba, where a 29-year-old man was arrested and items seized including drugs, and property that is alleged to have been stolen during commercial burglaries.

The Kealba man has been charged with numerous burglary related offences and was remanded in custody to appear at Echuca Magistrates’ Court on 9 September.

A second warrant was executed in Stockwell Avenue, Melton South where a 44-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were also arrested.

Police seized a large quantity of drugs as well as alleged stolen property at the address.

The Melton South woman was charged with dishonesty and drugs related offences and will appear at Sunshine Magistrates’ Court today.

The man was also charged with similar offences and was bailed to appear at Sunshine Magistrates’ court in February 2021.

The final warrant was executed in Towong St, Alfredton where police again seized alleged stolen property and arrested a 38-year-old man.

The Alfredton man has been charged with burglary and theft related offences and remanded in custody to appear at Bendigo Magistrates Court on 7 September.

The investigation followed a series of linked commercial burglaries in:

• Kangaroo Flat,

• Golden Square,

• Cohuna,

• Macedon,

• Lancefield,

• Keilor,

• Tullamarine,

• Maldon,

• Yarraville;

As well as thefts in:

• Golden Square,

• Cohuna,

• Golden Gully,

• Macedon,

• Kangaroo Flat,

• Lancefield,

• Tullamarine,

• Kealba,

• Port Melbourne,

• Maldon, and

• Williamstown.

Senior Constable Alistair Parsons

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