Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 16 February 2022

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Stolen car used in police pursuit A BLACK Audi stolen from Chelsea was allegedly used to evade police last week, 11 February. Police alleged that two 18-year-old Cranbourne men, as well as another unknown offender, stole a white Mazda CX9 and a blue Mazda 3 sedan from a Croydon home at around 10.15am. The offenders then allegedly travelled towards to south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, driving “erratically” alongside the stolen Audi Q5. The Audi was allegedly taken from a Chelsea home on 9 February. Police say it is linked to other offences committed in Keysborough and Glen Waverley. Police say the driver of the white Mazda CX9 abandoned the car in Lyndhurst, and was picked up by the Audi driver. Police eventually pulled over the car near Taylors Lakes. Police arrested an 18-year-old Cranbourne man and an 18-year-old Cranbourne North man. The blue Mazda 3 sedan is still outstanding. It has the number plate ZDP868. Anyone who spots it can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www. crimestoppersvic.come.au

Police pulled the woman over after seeing her exit a McDonalds drive through on Ballarto Road. The car was impounded just two days after being released from its prior impound, police say. “She will have some additional charges added to last month’s driving offences,” a police statement read. Night shift officers also impounded the car of another 29-year-old Seaford woman last week. Police allege that she was pulled over on Lyrebird Drive for a routine license check, and found to have a disqualified license. Police also said they found drugs in the car. The woman was arrested and her car was impounded for a month.

Thief wanted by police A MAN is wanted in relation to an alleged theft. Police say the man they wish to speak to visited a Clarinda 7/11 at around 1.50pm on 1 December last year. An image of a man (below) police wish to speak to as part of their investigation has been released. Anyone who recognises him can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Cars impounded CARRUM Downs Police impounded two cars off the roads last week. Night shift police members first impounded the car of a 29-year-old Seaford woman. She was allegedly driving without a license.

Monkey bike riders ‘number one issue’ THE installation of gates and bollards at major reserves around Frankston has been discussed to help stop monkey bike riders. Frankston Police are dedicating more resources to stopping riders of monkey bikes and illegally modified bikes. Acting Sergeant Tim Walker says that they have identified monkey bike riding as the “number one issue highlighted through our neighbourhood policing framework”. Police have named Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve and the Seaford Wetlands as the two major hot spots for illegal monkey bike riding around Frankston. Police are in discussion with Parks Victoria and Frankston Council about potential measures to stop monkey bike riders from entering the reserves, including the installation of gates and bollards. Other measures police are using to stop illegal bike riding include the use of an all terrain vehicle, and crushing unclaimed bikes after three months of impoundment. Riders can be made to appear at court, and may face fines of $3109. Frankston Police Acting Inspector Miro Majstorovic is helping to run the operation targeting illegal bike riders. He said that “people might think that monkey bikes are low on the pecking order, but for some people this is the most significant issue. They are loud, they are dangerous, and they can smell.” Acting Sergeant Michelle Krause added that rider safety is also an issue. “Riders tend to be underage, inexperienced, unlicensed, and they have no safety equipment,” she said. “Parents of these children should consider their safety when dealing with these matters.” In 2015, a woman was killed after being struck by a monkey bike rider in Carrum Downs. People who spot illegal monkey bike riding have been asked by police to come forward and

report it. Acting Sergeant Walker said that help from the community will assist them to stop the issue. “It can be dangerous for us to pursue these riders, so we must use other methods. We need the public to help us with intelligence,” he said. “After receiving valuable information from the public we can close the loop with the community. That’s a big part of our neighbourhood policing framework, it means we call back people directly involved advising them of the outcomes we have achieved.” To report illegal monkey bike or dirt bike riding call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Frankston Police at 9784 5555. All reports can be made anonymously. 80-YEAR-old Len walks his German Shepherd around Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve. He has told patrolling police he is worried about monkey bike riders in the reserve. Picture: Supplied

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