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Caught on camera: Police want to speak to two men about a burglary in Chelsea Heights.

Hooded thieves burgle car wash CARDINIA Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for public help after a burglary in Chelsea Heights last week. Investigators believe two unknown offenders attended a car wash on Wells Road, Chelsea Heights, between 10.45 and 11am on Tuesday 5 July. The men gained entry to an office and grabbed cash and other items before fleeing in a ute. Investigators have released images of two men, above, they believe may be able to assist

with their enquiries. The first man is described as Caucasian, in his early 20s, with a slim build, and was wearing a black hooded top. The second man is described as Caucasian, in his mid 20s, with a heavy build, and was wearing a black hooded Nike top and blue pants. Anyone with any information about the burglary is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at crimestoppersvic.com.au

Forklift used to steal safe

victim in hot pursuit. When the Toyota stopped at a traffic light at the Station Rd intersection he drove up alongside to speak to the driver, who threatened him before driving off – only to crash front on into a road sign and stopping abruptly. The Toyota was then repeatedly driven over the road sign until it was flattened and then onto a service road – again with the victim close behind – until it reached Charman Rd when the victim broke off the chase and reported the incident to Cheltenham police. Statements and photographs have been offered to police by witnesses. The Toyota was later found to be sporting number plates from a stolen Toyota Camry sedan. It was last seen driving along Charman Rd towards Beach Rd. The driver was described as a dark skinned man of Indian or Mauritian appearance, with curly, scruffy dark hair, mid-40s, unshaven with traces of grey facial hair. There are no descriptions for the two passengers. Anyone with information is asked to call Kingston CIU 95566111.

BURGLARS used a forklift to smash their way into an office at a Mordialloc metals recycling business, lift a heavy safe containing a large quantity of cash and precious metals, and dump it over the fence into an adjoining business where they had a getaway car waiting. The company forklift – with keys in the ignition – was found by security staff with its forks over the fence line after the raid on the Boundary Rd business, 6am, Sunday 17 July. The offenders entered the metals recycler by pulling back a section of fence in the adjoining business, then forcing a door to the main factory and opening a roller door. Once inside they jemmied their way into a reception area and, when a siren sounded, ripped the alarm keypad from the wall and unplugged the server and CCTV hard drive from the power source. They then stole a cash drawer containing a large quantity of coins, before going into the office where they found the safe containing second-hand gold and silver jewellery. Using the forklift they “completely destroyed three floor-to-ceiling windows leading into the office” to get the safe which was carried over to the fence line. Kingston detectives are reviewing previously captured CCTV footage to provide descriptions of the offenders.

Road rage, big damage bill A FRANKSTON man pulling out of Thrift Park shopping centre, 11.30pm, Thursday 15 July, inadvertently cut in front of another car – and then had his car extensively damaged in a vicious roadrage incident. The man told Cheltenham police that after leaving the shopping centre in his Holden station wagon he became aware of a blue Toyota Orion “aggressively tailgating” him along Nepean Hwy as he approached Collins St, Mentone. He was then rammed from behind by the Toyota, which drove over his rear driver’s side wheel, knocking off the bumper bar, and extensively damaging the mid and rear-side panels. Police said the victim at that point “had a good view of the underside of the offending vehicle”. The Toyota then pulled in front of the station wagon as they headed up Nepean Hwy with the

Robbed – again

AN Aspendale Gardens restaurant has again been targeted by thieves, 3am, yesterday (Tuesday), only a week after a similar raid. They entered the Springvale Rd premises through the enclosed front patio area and jemmied open sliding doors with a crowbar, breaking the lock. Inside the restaurant area they pulled the security system off the wall. Police were not sure what, if anything, was stolen in the raid.

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Car park row A DISPUTE over a car parking spot in Main St turned ugly when a Mordialloc man was assaulted outside his house, 9.40pm, Sunday 17 July. The 57-year-old told Mordialloc police he was punched three times to the head by a Werribee man, 33, causing a large bruise. He was later treated by ambulance officers. Police are preparing a brief of evidence to charge the Werribee man with recklessly causing injury. He is expected to face court at a later date.

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