26 October 2016

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Police patrol

Servo loses cigs, cash

THIEVES stole $20,000 in cigarettes and $300 cash from a Caltex service station in Balcombe Rd, Mentone, early Saturday morning (22 October). Two offenders used an angle grinder to cut a padlock on the front glass door, 2.45am, but were scared away by a passing car. Returning five minutes later they damaged an exterior alarm box when attempting to pull it from the roof. They then used a jemmy bar to force the door backwards to enter the premises. CCTV footage shows them jumping over the counter and again using the angle grinder to break a padlock from the cigarette roller shutter cupboard to steal 700 packets. They were unable to break into the other locked cupboard but did steal two cash tills containing $300. The men were wearing gloves and had their faces covered. They were in the store five minutes and then drove off west along Balcombe Rd and into Swanston St North in a silver BA Ford Falcon sedan parked out front. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Unwelcome customers

TWO men wearing balaclavas smashed their way into a Caltex service station in Thames Promenade, Chelsea, 4am, Tuesday (25 October). Police said the men, described as African, driving a silver Holden Commodore sedan with stolen number plates, used a crowbar to smash open the front door and then walked past the attendant who was cleaning at the time. The men ordered him to open the console area where they stole cigarettes and cash before being startled by a taxi driving into the petrol bowser area. The men ran to their car and drove west along Thames Promenade to the freeway. Soon afterwards the same men are believed to have robbed a McDonald’s restaurant in Hall

Takings taken

Rd, Carrum Downs. The car they were driving is believed to have been stolen earlier in Hallam.

Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Full frontal

Wild ride

A YOUTH was seen train “surfing” on the roof of a Frankston-bound train as it approached Carrum station, early Sunday morning (23 October). Witnesses said the 17-year-old climbed on top of the train near Bonbeach station, 4am, but was safely guided down to the platform by protective services officers at Carrum. He suffered no injuries and no charges were laid.

Smash but no grab A MAN attempted a smash-and-grab raid at a jewellers in Nepean Hwy, Chelsea, Saturday afternoon (22 October). Witnesses said a red Toyota, later found to be registered to a Carrum address, pulled up outside the jewellers about 1pm. A man got out of the passenger side and attempted to smash the front plate glass window with a sledgehammer. When that didn’t work he got back into the car which drove north on Nepean Hwy. CCTV captured the incident. The two men described as Caucasian, aged 25-35, were seen loitering near the jewellers earlier in the day. Anyone with information is urged to call

A MAN exposed himself to passengers on the 8.13pm Frankston-bound train between Cheltenham and Mentone railway stations, Wednesday 19 October. A woman told PSOs the man boarded at Cheltenham and sat with his back to other passengers. Nearing Mentone he stood up and turned around exposing himself as he walked along the carriage. He then sat two rows behind the woman before getting off at Mentone. The man is described as Caucasian, 50 years old, wearing dark coloured pants and jacket. Call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 with information.

Messy intruders

THIEVES may have used a plank from an adjoining building site to enter the rear yard of a tyre service centre in Swanston St, Mentone, overnight Friday 21 October. Unable to break through rear doors they forced open a kitchen window and kicked a bar fridge and microwave onto the floor, damaging them. They then dragged mud from the construction site into the kitchen, workshop and office area. Teabags were strewn on the ground outside. Nothing was stolen in the raid.

BURGLARS stole a week’s takings from a Parkdale bakery and then fled north – on the wrong side of Nepean Hwy – after an early morning robbery, Monday 24 October. Police said they used an unknown object to smash a hole in a glass sliding door and reach through and unlock the door, 2.50am. They then walked through to an office area where they stole the cash and next day’s till float. They also smashed the CCTV hard drive. An off-duty detective saw a car with its headlights on out front as he drove by. He then saw a man run to a Holden sedan which drove north in the southbound lane, then crossed over the median strip and continue towards the city. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.

Ute stolen

THIEVES jemmied the front door to a Chelsea Heights business and found the keys to a Ford utility in the car park, overnight Tuesday 20 October. They drove off along Wells Rd in the ute, registration RRG223, after searching through filing cabinets. Nothing else was stolen. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.

Punched at pokies

AN elderly man has been banned from the Royal Oak hotel in Cheltenham for allegedly punching an 80-year-old woman. He may also be charged with assault. The woman told police she was walking to the cashier’s desk, 1.20pm, Sunday 23 October, when a man standing behind her fell over. He got up saying she had caused him to fall and allegedly punched her in the kidney. The woman told her son, who held the man, 74, until police arrived. Police who viewed CCTV footage said it corroborated the woman’s account of the incident. A brief is being prepared pending the laying of any charges.


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26 October 2016


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