Search for missing teen Abdullahi Sheek

Source: State of Victoria Police

Sunday, 16 June 2019 18:04

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Roxburgh Park teen Abdullahi Sheek.

The 15-year-old was last seen at his home address on McPherson Boulevard about 5pm on Sunday.

Police and family hold concerns for Abdullahi as his disappearance is out of character.

Abdullahi is known to frequent Roxburgh Park and Broadmeadows.

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

Anyone who sees him is urged to contact Craigieburn Police Station on 9303 4433.

Senior Constable Adam West

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Missing man Simon Cosgrove

Source: State of Victoria Police

Sunday, 16 June 2019 18:11

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Brunswick man Simon Cosgrove.

The 34-year-old was last seen at his home address on Davies Street about 1am on Saturday 15 June.

Police and family hold concerns for Simon as he requires regular medication.

Simon is known to frequent the Merri Creek Trail and the State Library.

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

Anyone who sees him is urged to contact Brunswick Police Station on 8378 6000.

Senior Constable Adam West

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Police seek help to identify purse-pincher

Source: State of Victoria Police

Sunday, 16 June 2019 18:22

Police are appealing for public assistance to identify a woman following a theft and subsequent deceptions in Chadstone over the weekend.

Investigators have been told the victim, a 74-year-old Gisborne woman, had attended a Dandenong Road shopping centre on Saturday (15 June) for a day out.

When she got back home about 2pm, she realised she’d left her purse inside a confectionary store while purchasing some chocolate.

Investigators believe the purse was picked up by a woman and used at a number of outlets, including department stores and supermarkets, to make $700 worth of purchases.

Gisborne Senior Constable Marianne Voswinkel said it appeared the theft was opportunistic and appealed for whoever took it to return it.

“The woman has a number of sentimental photos that were in her purse that can’t be replaced, which is obviously quite upsetting for her,” Senior Constable Voswinkel said.

“We’re hoping whoever picked it up will find it in their heart to hand it in to a police station so we can return it to her.”

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

She is perceived as Caucasian in appearance with long blonde hair, and was wearing a black top and black pants.

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

Natalie Butler

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Police search for Emma Matasau

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 14 June 2019 10:23

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Boronia teenager Emma Matasau.

The 16-year-old was last seen in the Mooroolbark area on 14 June at 11.30am.

Police hold concerns for Emma’s welfare.

Police have released an image of Emma in the hope someone may have seen her or has knowledge of her whereabouts..

Anyone who sees Emma is urged to contact Croydon Police Station on 9724 0100.

Creina O’Grady

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Two men charged with attacking police telephone systems

Source: State of Victoria Police

This is a joint media release by the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police

Two Victorian men are facing charges arising from large-scale automated denial of service-style attacks allegedly committed against Australian government infrastructure, including police telephone systems.

The joint Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victoria Police investigation commenced in November 2018 after a wave of telephone system attacks in October last year. Police allege a large volume of automated attacks occurred, and involved cold-calling numbers with the intention of tying up police phone lines, interrupting incoming or outgoing calls.

Search warrants were executed this morning at three Bendigo premises involving officers from the AFP’s Cybercrime Operations and the Victoria Police E-Crime Squad assisted by members of the AFP’s Specialist Response Group and Victoria Police Special Operations Group.

It will be alleged a 28-year-old Bendigo man was the organiser of the scheme.. He has been charged with:

• Unauthorised access to data held in a computer, contrary to section 477.1 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth.) and punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment

• Using a carriage service to make a threat to cause serious harm, contrary to section 474.15(2) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth.) and punishable by up to seven years imprisonment

• Using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence, contrary to section 474.17 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth.) and punishable by up to three years

• Dishonestly obtaining or dealing with personal financial information, contrary to section 480.4 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth.) and punishable by up to five years imprisonment

• Sabotage, contrary to section 247K of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) and punishable by up to 25 years imprisonment

The 28-year-old is remanded in custody and scheduled to face the Bendigo Magistrates Court on Monday 17 June 2019.

Police have also charged a second Bendigo man, aged 27, with three firearms offences:

• Possessing an unregistered firearm contrary to section 6A of the Firearms Act 1996.

The 27-year-old was granted bail and is scheduled to appear before court on 8 August 2019.

AFP acting Commander Cybercrime Operations, Chris Goldsmid said the seriousness of the alleged offending cannot be understated.

“Each occasion a police phone line was unavailable as result of these malicious attacks meant members of the public were unable to access a vital service. This had serious implications for the broader community,” Acting Commander Goldsmid said.

“Some of the attacks included a spate of text messages asking for emergency assistance. People who called the number back reported being verbally abused by a recording on the other end. This created fear, distress and anxiety amongst some of the most vulnerable in our community.

He said the joint investigative work undertaken by officers from both agencies to disrupt the brazen offending had been exceptional.

“It is yet another example of the excellent results achieved when the resources and capabilities of the commonwealth and states are joined up,” he said.

Officer in charge of Victoria Police’s E-Crime Squad, Detective Acting Inspector Greg Lee said today’s charges were a great result.

“We had a number of police stations in Victoria that were affected, so we know our local communities were directly impacted,” he said.

“Any offences of this nature have the potential to have the most serious of ramifications so it’s incredibly pleasing to be able to charge someone as a result of this joint investigation.”

The investigation remains ongoing.

Media enquiries:

AFP National Media: (02) 5126 9297 *new landline number

Search for missing woman Carlie Duguid

Source: State of Victoria Police

Saturday, 15 June 2019 04:14

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Traralgon woman Carlie Duguid.

The 35-year-old was last seen in the Grey Street, Traralgon area on 14 June at 9.30am.

Police and family hold concerns for Carlie’s welfare due to the length of time she has been missing.

Carlie is described as Caucasian in appearance with blonde hair and a slim build.

She was last seen wearing a pink beanie, black coat and grey tracksuit pants.

Police have released an image of Carlie in the hope someone may have seen her or has knowledge of her whereabouts.

Anyone who sees Carlie is urged to contact Traralgon Police Station on 03 5172 2700

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Police search for Baranaba Gai

Source: State of Victoria Police

Saturday, 15 June 2019 07:13

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Fitzroy North man Baranaba Gai.

The 22-year-old was last seen in Napier Street, Fitzroy North on 10 April.

Police and family hold concerns for Baranaba due to a medical condition and the length of time he has been missing.

Baranaba is African in appearance, 185-190cm tall, with a skinny build and short dark curly hair.

Investigators believe Baranaba bought a Myki from Flinders Street station on the day he was last seen.

He is known to use public transport and travel on the Belgrave line.

Police have released an image of Baranaba in the hope that someone may have information on his current whereabouts.

Anyone who sees Baranaba is urged to contact the Richmond Police Station on 8420 3600.

Senior Constable Alistair Parsons

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Have you seen 10-year-old Tytan Hinkley?

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 14 June 2019 05:13

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Springvale boy Tytan Hinkley.

The 10-year-old was last seen in the Springvale area on 9 June.

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

Tytan is known to frequent the south eastern and western suburbs and also the Gippsland area.

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

Anyone who sees Tytan is urged to contact Springvale Police Station on 8558 8600.

Creina O’Grady

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Man charged with drug offences following Ashwood warrant

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 14 June 2019 06:21

Detectives from Joint Task Force Icarus have charged a man with a number of offences following a search warrant in Ashwood yesterday.

Investigators from Icarus and Box Hill Division Tasking Unit executed the warrant in Kiewa Road about 10.25am on Thursday 13 June.

The warrant relates to the ongoing investigation into two recent drug consignments which were detected by Australian Border Force, each consignment allegedly contained in excess of a kilogram of methamphetamine.

It’s alleged the consignments equate to 20,000 street deals.

A 32-year-old man, who is a Malaysian national, was arrested and has been charged with two counts of importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.

This is a Commonwealth offence and has a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The man was remanded to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.

Police need the continued assistance of the community to combat the availability of drugs.

Anyone with information about drug importations and drug trafficking are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report online at https://www.crimestoppers.com.au.

Joint Task Force Icarus is staffed by Victoria Police, Australian Border Force, Australian Federal Police and the Department of Home Affairs.

Natalie Webster

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Search for missing woman So Hoang

Source: State of Victoria Police

Friday, 14 June 2019 08:10

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing St. Albans woman So Hoang.

The 32-year-old was last seen in the St Albans area on 11 June.

Police and family members hold concerns for her welfare as her disappearance is out of character.

An image of So has been released in the hope someone recognises her and can provide information on her whereabouts.

So is known to frequent the Sunshine or St. Albans areas.

Anyone who sees So or has information on her whereabouts is urged to contact Keilor Downs Police Station 9365 3333.

Creina O’Grady

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