Thieves on spree targeting holiday makers

January 10, 2018

Nagambie police have charged three youths, all aged 16, with numerous offences after they had a busy time in the early hours of December 27, allegedly stealing property from numerous unlocked cars of holiday makers staying in a Lakeside caravan park in Nagambie.

Sunglasses, money, gift cards, and an iPhone were among the property stolen.

Most of the property has been returned to the owners, but police still have some items of which they have been unable to trace the owners.

If you were at the caravan park just after Christmas and have some property missing, contact Leading Senior Constable Dave Duff, who may be able to help you out.

Unfortunately thieves don’t take holidays, so good security habits are vital, even when in holiday mode.

Other on-going investigations for Nagambie police include the theft of a barbecue from a sporting reserve in Avenel. The clubroom doors were forced open around 3am on December 26, with damage being caused to other doors within the complex as well.

Quad bike stolen

A Polaris quad bike and motorcycle were stolen from a Hall Lane, Avenel rural property sometime between December 24 and December 31.

The vehicles were stored in a shipping container and were later found in a disused vacant shed in Molesworth.

A couple of other properties in Hall Lane appeared to have had some sort of disturbance to them during that time as well. Investigations are continuing.

Wire theft

Police have seen a spike in wire theft in recent times, with a large amount of the wire being stolen from around Dry Creek Rd, Broadford, Schoolhouse Lane, Tallarook and O’Connors Rd, Mangalore, since mid December.

The most recent thefts were in the early hours of January 4, near Broadford Railway Station and near Wilbrahams Rd, Balmattum.

Any sightings of suspicious vehicles along the railway lines should immediately be reported to Triple Zero (000).

Hughes Creek Rd collision

A Seymour female aged in her late teens, was airlifted to Melbourne following a collision in Hughes Creek Rd, Tarcombe.

Police were called to the scene about 7.30am on December 28 to find a Mazda sedan had run off the road, struck a tree and was on fire.

Police found the woman wandering around nearby. Investigations are continuing into the cause of the collision because it is believed the car had previously been stolen from the Hoppers Crossing area.

Transport business robbery

Investigations are continuing into the theft of a vehicle and some Stihl chainsaws from a transport business in Anzac Ave, Seymour.

Entry was gained sometime between December 23 and 26 by removing some corrugated iron sheets from a wall, with a number of areas and vehicles being searched through.

The stolen vehicle, a Ford Transit van was located burned out in Brassey Crt, Mickleham on the Tuesday morning.

A roller door was opened to enable the vehicle to be driven away, smashing through the gates of the property on its way out.

Drug caution

A 23-year-old Montrose man was given a drug caution after some cannabis was found in his vehicle.

Police spoke with him about 11.30pm on January 3 after they found him parked on the side of the Goulburn Valley Hwy, Trawool.

Attempted quad bike theft

Seymour police arrested a local man after he was disturbed by the resident at a Delatite Rd house allegedly trying to steal a quad bike.

The resident was awoken about 5am on December 31 by his dog barking and he confronted the would-be thief as he was trying to remove the bike from a trailer in the yard.

He then fled on foot and was later found hiding at a property in Highlands Rd.

The 55-year-old will be appearing in court in March.

Number plate crack down

An automated number plate recognition operation on the Hume Fwy, near Seymour, just before Christmas, saw a 41-year-old Rushworth man lose his motor vehicle as he was caught driving while disqualified.

A Seymour man, aged 22, was detected driving on a suspended licence and gave a positive result to a drug test.

Other offences included a learner driver driving without a fully licensed driver with her, an unlicensed driver and two other suspended drivers.

Twelve unregistered cars were nabbed, along with two speeding motorists, and three defect notices were issued.

Highway speeding

The Highway patrol seized a vehicle after it was caught travelling at 185km/h on the Goulburn Valley Hwy, near Nagambie on Friday, December 29.

A 19-year-old Murchison female will be appearing in court at a later date and has a bill of $760 for the towing and storage of her car.

TV stolen

A flat-screen television was stolen from a Nazek Crt, Seymour shed after the sliding door was unscrewed sometime between December 21 and 28.

Most of the located stolen property has been returned to its owners, but police still have property of which they have been unable to locate the owners.

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