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Thieves show a touch of class BURGLARS stole up to $50,000 in cash, designer clothes, handbags, jewellery and a safe from a Patterson Lakes house, sometime between Friday 24 March and Sunday 26 March. Also taken was wine from the owner’s prized Penfolds Grange collection.
Police said the thieves knew what they were doing and had switched off the house’s electronic CCTV systems both inside and out before entering through a rear door which the owner is adamant was locked. The two-storey house – sometimes vacant while storm damage is being repaired – was “completely ransacked” by the thieves who had eyes for only the best. The owner said a range of tradesmen had worked on the property since the December storms. The offenders reportedly rifled through cupboards and drawers in all rooms, stealing a 55-inch plasma TV, Hugo Boss jackets, quality handbags, a wine collection from a special fridge, i-Phones and sporting equipment, including water-ski, fishing and diving gear. The owner said the safe taken from the main bedroom would have required two men to lift. Police said a white one-tonne utility seen in the driveway twice during the weekend may have been used by the burglars. A man was seen leaving the house with fishing rods and placing them in the ute. Police are examining CCTV footage from neighbouring properties. Anyone with information is urged to call
Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.
Pet, record players stolen THIEVES kicked in the front door of a Chelsea unit and attacked the occupant with a baseball bat, 4.15am, Sunday 9 April. They then stole two record player turntables and the man’s 18-week-old puppy – a Christmas present.
The victim, who was asleep on the couch, told police he was alone with the lights out and the TV on. He was woken when the door was kicked in and one of the men struck him to the head with the baseball bat. The man yelled out: “Where’s the dog?” The victim ran to the back door and was again struck in the head. After jumping the fence into a neighbour’s yard he saw the men carrying off the turntables and before driving off in a VW Golf and a small Toyota. When the victim returned to the house he discovered his blue Staffordshire pup was missing. It was wearing a black and white checked collar. The turntables are a Stanton and Newmark brands. The man was treated by ambulance paramedics for cuts to the head. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.
Customer cuts up rough A SALES assistant at a Mordialloc supermarket was abused and then sprayed on the arm by a customer whose bag she had been asked to inspect, 11.43am, Thursday 6 April.
Police were told the 17-year-old
salesgirl had been asked by her supervisor to inspect the handbag before the woman left the store. However, when approached, the shopper became abusive, angrily shoving her handbag across the counter, saying, “You haven’t had a good enough look.” The shopper, 39, then allegedly reached into her bag and pulled out a perfume bottle which she twice sprayed at the girl’s arm. The girl pressed her assistance bell and left the shopper to be handled by her supervisor. Police who interviewed the woman at her home said she refused to answer questions, saying only, “It’s a set up.” She will be charged on summons with unlawful assault.
Not making sense POLICE called to the Mordialloc Salvation Army store to deal with a man and a woman “causing trouble” found them outside in a parked car, 6pm, Tuesday 28 March. Police said the woman, 22, appeared drug affected with her eyes rolling and darting around, speech slurred and movements erratic. She denied causing trouble but said she was unable to make sense because she was drug affected. Police allegedly found two knives in her bags which were seized and photographed. She was arrested over two outstanding warrants and taken to Mordialloc police station where she was bailed to a new court date.
Wine talk: Sommeliers on a tour of Mornington Peninsula wineries arrive at Crittendens Wines, Dromana, left, where they tasted and learned about wines from winemakers, including, above, Mike Symons, of Stonier Winery, Merricks.
Search for peninsula’s top taste TWENTY experts who buy and recommend what wines are served in some of the world’s top restaurants were last week taken on a tour of Mornington Peninsula wineries. The marketing exercise organised by Wine Australia saw two busloads of sommeliers being driven around the peninsula on Tuesday and Wednesday. The sommeliers were in Melbourne for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards which saw New York’s Eleven Madison Park take out the top spot. Tuesday’s tour of the peninsula started at Stonier Winery, Merricks, where the group was welcomed by Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association CEO Cheryl Lee. From there the sommeliers from the United Kingdom, United States, New
Zealand and interstate went to Ocean Eight, Shoreham and then to the top of Arthurs Seat before having lunch at Petit Tracteur, Main Ridge. The final stop for the day was at Crittenden Wines, Dromana, where they tasted nine wines and were told about production methods and differences between vineyards where they were made by winemakers including Rollo Crittenden (Crittendens Wines), Martin Spedding (Ten Minutes by Tractor), Kathleen Quealy (Balnarring Vineyard) and Glen Hayley (Port Phillip Estate). Keith Platt n See the May edition of Peninsula Essence magazine for a full report on the international and interstate sommeliers’ visit to the peninsula.
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Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 12 April 2017