Police investigate series of burglaries

Source: State of Victoria Police

Warrnambool Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for information following a series of burglaries and thefts from Moonee Ponds to Warrnambool.

On Monday 1 July about 2.45am a white Toyota Hiace van was parked in Ascot Vale Road, Moonee Ponds with the keys left in the ignition.

The van was stolen and was seen about 3.50am at an attempted burglary on Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds.

A brick was thrown through a window but no entry to the building was gained.

Investigators believe the van was then driven to a hair dressing salon on Pascoe Vale Road, Glenroy about 4.10am.

A rock was thrown through the front window and cash stolen.

On Tuesday 2 July the van was seen at a business on Westside Drive, Laverton North about 12.55am.

A rock was thrown through the glass doors of the business and CCTV equipment stolen.

In Warrnambool on July 3 at a business on Rooneys Road a rock was thrown through glass doors and an office ransacked, however nothing was stolen.

The van was then seen at a service station near Jamieson Street on 4 July about 2.35pm where a man filled it up with petrol before driving off without paying.

It was then found dumped in Moore Street, Warrnambool on Sunday 7 July about 7.30pm.

Investigators believe that the same offenders are responsible for all of the above incidents as well as a subsequent series of offences which started on Monday 8 July.

A white 2018 Holden Colorado ute was parked in Kepler Street about 3.15pm with its keys in its ignition.

A man and a woman got into the ute and drove off.

The ute was then seen at a burglary on High Street, Terang where cash was stolen from a business after a rock was used to smash a front door to gain entry.

On Wednesday 10 July the ute was seen in Wingate Avenue, Ascot Vale and then at a burglary in Nevada Court, Hoppers Crossing about 4.45am the next day.

The ute was recovered on Monday about 12.3am in Dawson Street, Coburg North.

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

Anyone who is able to identify the pair or with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Senior Constable Adam West

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Search for missing teen Jermaine Robertson

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 19 July 2019 05:12

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Wyndham Vale boy Jermaine Robertson.

The 14-year-old was last seen at his home about 4pm on Tuesday (16 July).

Police and family members hold concerns for Jermaine’s welfare due to his age and have released an image in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information on his whereabouts.

Jermaine is described as about 183cm tall with a solid build, sandy blond hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, red T-shirt, black shorts and red shoes.

Police believe Jermaine may be in the Caroline Springs area.

Anyone who sees Jermaine or has information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Werribee Police Station on 9742 9444.

Leading Senior Constable Rohan Imms

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Police investigate alcohol theft at Essendon Fields

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 19 July 2019 03:50

Moonee Ponds police are investigating after four people entered an Essendon Fields supermarket and stole several bottles of alcohol during the week.

The incident happened at the English Street store on Tuesday 16 July at 12.30pm.

Police have been told that four people, a man and three women entered the food section of the supermarket and selected a number of items which they placed in their trolley.

They then moved to the alcohol section of the store where they selected three bottles of vodka and two bottles of bourbon.

They originally placed the alcohol in the trolley but CCTV footage shows the four gathering around the trolley and then the alcohol is no longer visible.

Investigators believe that the four hid the alcohol under their clothing or in bags they were carrying.

They then paid for the food items in their trolley and left without paying for the alcohol which was valued at $258.

Police have released images of four people who they believe can assist with their enquiries.

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

Creina O’Grady

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Police investigate assault on male in Fitzroy

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 19 July 2019 03:24

Collingwood Police are investigating after a man was assaulted in Fitzroy on 9 June.

Police have been told the victim, a 27-year-old man from Tarneit, was approached by a man outside a business in Johnston Street at approximately 2.20am.

The man had a conversation with the victim before kicking him in the stomach and punching him in the face

The man fled east on Johnston Street, before catching a taxi on Brunswick Street.

The victim received minor injuries.

Police have released images of a man they believe can assist with their enquiries.

The man is described as 175cm, solid build, of African appearance with short black hair.

He was wearing a red jacket, white t-shirt, jeans and a gold necklace.

Anyone who recognises the man or who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Leading Senior Constable Rohan Imms

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Teen arrested following jacket theft in Camberwell

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 19 July 2019 02:57

A 17-year-old boy is in custody following the alleged theft of jackets from a store in Camberwell last week.

The Ashburton teen attended a police station today and is assisting police with their enquiries.

The two other teenage boys have been identified and will also be spoken to.

The alleged thefts occurred at a Burke Road retail store last Thursday 11 July just after 3.30pm.

Leonie Johnson

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Search for missing teen Tyson Bailey

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 19 July 2019 02:00

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Bentleigh 16-year-old Tyson Bailey.

Tyson was last seen on 4 July 2019 in the Hampton Park area.

Police have concerns for his welfare due to his age and the length of time his has been missing.

Tyson is approximately 178cm tall, has a slim build and red hair.

He is known to frequent the Hampton Park, Narre Warren and Morwell areas.

Police have also released an image of Tyson in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information regarding his current whereabouts.

Anyone with information about Tyson is asked to contact Caulfield Police Station on 9524 9500.

Leading Senior Constable Rohan Imms

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Richard Masters wanted on warrant

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 19 July 2019 00:52

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Richard Masters.

The 36-year-old is wanted on warrant for failing to appear at court.

Masters is described as being 175cms tall with a solid build, brown eyes and black hair.

He is known to frequent the Preston, Thornbury or Fitzroy areas.

Investigators have released an image of Masters in the hope someone may have information on his current whereabouts.

Anyone who sights Masters or has information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Creina O’Grady

Media Officer

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Local crack down on drink driving

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 18 July 2019 22:47

Police will crack down on drink driving in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula areas after a significant increase in the number of alcohol-related serious injury and fatal collisions over the past 12 months.

As part of Operation Armada, Highway Patrol officers and general duties police will be saturating these areas in an effort to detect and deter any impaired driving.

Southern Metro Region Superintendent Adrian White said police would have booze buses set up as part of Operation Armada, as well as officers mobile on the road performing alcohol and drug tests at every opportunity.

“Our intelligence is telling us that the types of people we predominantly detect for impaired driving are male drivers aged between 19-44 and drivers leaving a licensed venue,’’ Supt White said.

“Our data also shows that tradesmen are over represented for this kind of offending which is a real concern for us.

“Anyone engaging in this incredibly dangerous behaviour is putting themselves and the rest of the community at risk.

“Police are doing everything we can to curb bad driver behaviour but we also need your help.

“There is never an excuse for getting behind the wheel when impaired by alcohol or drugs.

“In the south east we’ve lost nearly double the amount of lives on the road compared to this time last year.

“The number of lives lost so far this year is concerning and shows we cannot afford to be complacent about safety on our roads.”

Operation Armada will take place on 19 July.

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Thief walks out smelling of roses

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 18 July 2019 02:08

Moonee Ponds police are investigating a theft which occurred in Essendon last week (6 July).

Investigators have been told a man entered the Fletcher Street store about 4pm and made his way to the perfume area.

He selected a number of perfume bottles and immediately left the store.

He is perceived as Caucasian in appearance with a skinny build and short dark brown hair.

At the time, the man was wearing a white jumper with a black polo top underneath, jeans and light-coloured runners.

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

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

Leading Senior Constable Natalie Dean

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Chadstone Sexual Assault

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 18 July 2019 06:12

Sexual Crime Squad detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a sexual assault in Chadstone in January.

Investigators have been told a woman was walking along Coolac Street, after leaving a party, when she stopped by a group of males in a car on Monday 21 January about 1am.

The woman spoke briefly with the men before she was sexually assaulted. She managed to break away from the attack and walk away.

It’s believed there were four men in the car at the time of the incident, all of which can be described as having dark skin and aged in their 30’s.

Police have released facial composite images of two of the men and an image of inside the distinctive older model car, which is described as a big or long sedan with a cream or similar leather interior.

Detectives have conducted extensive enquiries, speaking with residents of the street including conducting a letter drop in the area soon after the alleged incident occurred.

A local canvas of CCTV has failed to assist investigators with the investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppers.com.au.

Sergeant Julie-Anne Newman

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