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Arrest over aggravated burglary

August 10, 2017

TWO men have been arrested over an aggravated burglary in Kyabram two weeks ago which saw memorabilia and cash stolen while an elderly woman slept.

And police believe more people are involved

Detectives received lots of information from the public after the July 29 incident which left the 96-year woman traumatised.

‘‘It’s been a good response from the public not only because of the type of offence — breaking into a home while someone was inside — but because it was an elderly person,’’ Detective Sergeant Darren Dean of Campaspe Criminal Investigation Unit said.

‘‘The public were quite outraged.’’

Det. Sgt Dean said the information received led to several warrants executed on Wednesday, where two men were arrested and some stolen property was found.

‘‘We recovered an old recipe book belonging to the occupant’s mother so it’s potentially 150 years old,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s fantastic to get that back.’’

Unfortunately, the woman’s late husband’s war medals and Royal Australian Air Force log books have not been found.

‘‘They have no monetary value but the sentimental value is huge,’’ Det. Sgt Dean said.

‘‘We would urge whoever has them to put them in a brown paper bag and leave it somewhere — the police station, the post office or hospital.

‘‘If we get those medals back, that would be fantastic.’’

A 50-year-old Kyabram man is being interviewed over the aggravated burglary as well as other related offences.

He has been remanded in custody while inquiries are continuing.

Another 30-year-old Kyabram man has been charged with property related offences.

He has been bailed on strict conditions to appear at Echuca Magistrates Court on October 31.

Det. Sgt Dean said he believed there were others involved and appealed for more help.

‘‘We want to thank the public for their information thus far but investigations are continuing, so if anyone knows anything or has information about the stolen medals and log books, we would love to hear from them,’’ he said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 5483 1500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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