Search for missing teen Stephanie Mackliley

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 18 September 2020 10:09

Police are appealing for public assistance to help find missing teenager Stephanie Mackliley.

The 15-year-old was last seen leaving her Coburg North home about 1.30pm today.

Police and family hold concerns for her welfare due to a medical condition.

Stephanie is described about 170cm tall with shoulder-length blonde hair and was last seen wearing a white shirt, black hoodie, blue jeans and white runners.

It’s believed she was planning to go to Sydney Road, Brunswick.

Police have released an image of Stephanie in the hope someone recognises her and is able to provide information on her whereabouts.

Anyone with information is urged to call Fawkner Police Station on 9355 6000.

Leonie Johnson

Media Officer

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Speeding motorcycle intercepted at Para Hills West

Source: South Australia Police

A motorcyclist’s bike has been impounded for 28 days after he was caught speeding at Para Hills West this afternoon.

Police were conducting speed detection on Main North Road, Para Hills West at 4.30pm on Friday 18 September and clocked the Yamaha motorcycle travelling at 192 km/h in the 80 km/h zone.

A heavy vehicle entered the roadway ahead of the speeding bike, causing the rider to brake harshly and come to an almost stop.  At this time, police were able to intercept the motorcycle and remove the key from the ignition.

The rider, a 31-year-old Mawson Lakes man, was reported for excessive speed and riding at a speed and manner dangerous to the public.

He will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.  The motorcycle was impounded for 28 days.

Large weapon haul seized in Melbourne’s south

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 18 September 2020 07:23

Prahran Divisional Response Unit detectives have seized 16 firearms, prohibited weapons and drugs as part of Operation Mint.

A 41-year-old man was arrested at his Coolac Street address in Cheltenham yesterday morning.

After searching his home, police allegedly located 16 firearms including long arms, assault rifle gel blasters, handgun gel blasters and home-made pen pistols.

A number of prohibited weapons were located including knuckledusters, Tasers, nun chucks, firearm silencers, flick knives, batons and slingshots.

Police also located a small hydroponic set-up, a small amount of prescription medication and methylamphetamine.

The Cheltenham man has been charged with 33 offences including possess handgun, possess imitation firearm, possess prohibited weapon, manufacture prohibited weapon, cultivate and traffick cannabis, possess drug of dependence and deal property suspected as being proceeds of crime.

He was bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 23 February.

Detectives also executed a search warrant in Montana Drive, Werribee and arrested a 38-year-old man this morning.

A search of his house allegedly revealed a small amount of methylamphetamines, heroin, cannabis, jungle juice and valium.

The Werribee man was charged with 28 offences including trafficking heroin and methylamphetamine, drug possession, possess amyl nitrite and possess proceeds of crime.

He was bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 23 February.

Operation Mint targeted illicit drug activity in the Port Phillip area.

Leonie Johnson

Media advisor

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Police investigating overnight shooting

Source: South Australia Police

Northern District Detectives are investigating an incident overnight where was man was shot in the leg.

Just before 10pm on Thursday 17 September, a 31-year-old Elizabeth North man presented at the Lyell McEwin Hospital with a suspected gunshot wound to the lower left leg.  The injury is serious but not life threatening.

The injured man was driven to the hospital in a white 2019 Hyundai Kona hatchback with a Victorian Registration 1PY4WQ. This car was later found burnt out at 4.30am on Friday 18 September in a paddock on William Road at Gould Creek.

This is not considered a random assault and it is believed that all parties are known to each other.

Investigations are ongoing with police still establishing further details about the incident, although there are no suggestions that the incident is linked to any OMCG groups.

Police are seeking assistance from the public and ask anyone with any information about the shooting or the movement of the white Hyundai Kona during the proceeding two days to please contact Crimes Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or http://crimestopperssa.com.au information can be provided anonymously.

Police investigate after man approaches boy in Morwell

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 18 September 2020 04:35

Latrobe Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating after a 10-year-old boy was approached by a man in Morwell on Thursday.

The boy was riding his bike with his younger brother on Maude Street when they were approached by a man about 5pm.

Noticing the man’s suspicious behaviour, the boy told his little brother to run home.

The man began walking towards the victim while putting on a face mask and attempted to grab his arm.

The boy managed to pull away before the man made contact, which spooked the offender who walked back to his car parked on Grant Street and drove off.

The boy ran home and notified his mother and police were called.

Police are searching for an older model dark grey or black 4WD ute with peeling paint.

The ute had tarpaulins and tools in the back and blew smoke out the exhaust when it drove away.

The offender is perceived to be Caucasian, 183cm tall with a thin build, pale skin and short red/ginger hair.

He was wearing dark clothing and a black ski or hunting-style mask.

Detectives are investigating and urge any witnesses or anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Leonie Johnson

Media Advisor

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Sexual assault at Melbourne shopping centre

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 18 September 2020 02:15

Melbourne East police are hoping to identify a man following a sexual assault at a shopping centre in Melbourne last month.

A woman was travelling on an escalator inside the Swanston Street shopping centre when the incident occurred about 3.25pm on 17 August.

Investigators believe a man gestured for the woman to step on the escalator before him, and when she did, he smacked her buttock cheek and began laughing.

The woman quickly exited the escalator and reported the incident to security.

When they approached the man, he took off and ran towards Little Lonsdale Street.

Investigators have released images of a man who they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.

He is perceived to be Caucasian in appearance, aged 20-30-years-old, with a medium build, dark brown hair and had a distinctive tattoo on his right ankle.

He was wearing a black hooded jumper, dark shorts, black slip on shoes and was carrying a black backpack with brown leather straps.

Anyone who can identify the man or with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Nikki Ladgrove

Media Advisor

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Pair in stolen car arrested following pursuit in Melbourne’s north

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 18 September 2020 00:25

Police have arrested two men in a stolen vehicle after a pursuit in Melbourne’s north this morning.

Officers were patrolling on Albert Street in Preston when they observed a stolen black Lexus four-wheel-drive travelling north about 12.17am on 18 September.

Officers attempted to intercept the car, but the driver allegedly turned off their head lights and took off at a high speed.

The police Air Wing quickly responded and located the car allegedly travelling at 130km/h on Bell Street before alerting officers on ground.

Officers then deployed stop sticks on Sydney Road in Fawkner which came to partial effect as the car slowed, but the driver continued to evade.

Police followed the car towards Headley Street where the driver allegedly performed a U-turn and collided with a police vehicle before taking off towards the Preston area.

The driver entered a shopping centre car park on Murray Road and was boxed in by waiting units who arrested both men about 2.30am.

An officer discharged a conducted energy device towards one man during the incident who was subsequently assessed by paramedics at the scene.

A 20-year-old man has since been charged with 14 offences including theft of motor vehicle, fail to stop vehicle on police request, careless driving, drive in a manner dangerous, aggravated reckless exposure of police officer to risk by driving and commit indictable offence on bail.

The Northcote man will appear before Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court today.

A 19-year-old Thomastown man was charged with theft of motor vehicle, handle stolen goods and possess controlled weapon.

He was bailed to appear before Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court on 15 February 2021.

Nikki Ladgrove

Media Advisor

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Police search for Armadale car thief

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 17 September 2020 16:05

Malvern police are hoping to identify a man after a car was stolen at a shopping centre car park in Armadale last month.

It is believed a man was walking through the Wattletree Road centre when he unknowingly dropped his car keys on the ground while rummaging through his bag about 7.05pm on 13 August.

Minutes later, an unknown man walked past and picked up the car keys.

Investigators believe the man left the shopping centre for a short time and returned wearing different clothing.

The man entered the level two car park on foot and drove away in the victim’s car, which is a blue Hyundai Kona wagon bearing registration 1PX7JO.

Police believe the registration plates may have been removed from the vehicle shortly after the incident.

Investigators have released CCTV and images of a man who they believe may be able to assist with their investigation.

The man is perceived to be Caucasian in appearance, aged between 30-35 years, with a medium build, light brown wavy hair and a receding hair line.

Anyone who recognises the man or with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppervic.com.au.

Nikki Ladgrove

Media Advisor

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Middle Park burglary investigation

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 17 September 2020 15:54

Port Phillip Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for public help to identify three people after a burglary in Middle Park last week.

Investigators have been told two men and a woman went to a business on Erskine Street about 7.30pm on Friday 11 September.

It is believed the trio attempted to force open the back door of the property, however failed, so moved to a nearby shed and gained access, but didn’t take anything.

The offenders also destroyed a CCTV camera near the security door.

A red Toyota Yaris was seen driving past the front of the property shortly before the incident and investigators are appealing for anyone who was in the vehicle to come forward.

Police have released vision of three people in the area at the time.

They hope the two men and woman can also help with their investigations into a burglary at the same location on 20 March 2020.

One of the Caucasian males is about 30-years-old, with a medium build and was wearing a blue jumper, blue face mask, black and white tracksuit pants, black gloves and dark coloured shoes.

The second Caucasian male is about 30-years-old, with a medium build and was wearing a blue jumper, cap, grey tracksuit pants and dark coloured shoes.

The Caucasian woman is about 30-years-old, with a thin build, long blonde hair and was wearing a black face mask, brown jumper and was also carrying a small dog.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Ben Kimber

Media Advisor

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Search for missing man Joel Tweedie

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 17 September 2020 14:41

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Wallan man Joel Tweedie.

The 22-year-old was last seen headed toward Raglan Street about 2pm today.

Police and family hold concerns for Joel’s welfare due to a medical condition.

Joel is described as being about 175cm tall with a slim build, wavy blond hair, blue eyes and has a piercing on his bottom lip.

He was last seen wearing a black crew-neck jumper, black shorts and black flat cap.

Joel is known to frequent the Wallan, Kilmore and Greensborough areas.

Police have released an image of Joel in the hope that someone can provide information on his current whereabouts.

Anyone who has seen Joel or has information on his current whereabouts is urged to contact Wallan Police Station on 5783 0400.

Leonie Johnson

Media Advisor

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