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McDonald’s, Red Rooster raided THE same two thieves are suspected of robbing a McDonald’s restaurant in Moorabbin and a Red Rooster in Springvale South, around 10pm, Monday 25 July. The men – of African appearance – wore t-shirts around their heads and boxer shorts on the outside of their pants in the raids which occurred 20 minutes apart. Police said the men walked in the restaurant’s Warrigal Rd entrance and approached the counter. They produced knives and menaced staff, took cash from the till and ordered staff to the rear of the store. They then took the cash float from the drive-through and searched an office area where they stole another cash float. Police said the men were “calm and did not yell but brandished knives and manhandled a female staff member”. Two customers in the store left when the robbery began. It is not known how much was stolen in the raid. The bandits drove off in a silver hatch back – possibly a Suzuki Swift – with stolen plates. Twenty minutes later, police believe the same offenders carrying knives and wearing masks robbed the Red Rooster outlet in Springvale Rd. Four staff were in the store when the men entered the kitchen and demanded money. One held a knife to the throat of a female staffer while they stole cash from the front register. Police said one of the offenders smashed a window before they drove off in the same silver hatch back. Statements have been taken from all witnesses. Call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 with information.
Post parcels raided Lest we forget: State Secretary of ANZAC House Michael Annett with artist and author Julia Gross McAdam at the official launch of a book dedicated to the lives of Chelsea district men who answered the call to go to war during World War I. Picture: Yanni
Great War men remembered THE sacrifice and dedication of Chelsea men in World War I has been recognised in a new book and video by Longbeach Place president Julie Gross McAdam. The book and video, free to read and watch online, called Goodbye, Cobber: We Did Our Best details “the life and times of men from Chelsea and district who answered the call to Empire and volunteered to serve in the Australian Imperial Forces”. Dr Gross McAdam began the project, funded by the Victorian Veterans Council, to mark the Anzac centenary this year by interviewing Margaret Diggerson, a historian at the Chelsea and District Historical Society, and mined Australian War Memorial archives and newspaper clips published between 1914-1918 to piece together the stories of those
who served the nation. “I feel a special connection to the men of Chelsea, as my grandfather and four of my great uncles served in the AIF side by side on the Western Front,” Dr Gross McAdam writes in the introduction to Goodbye, Cobber. The president of the community house, who holds a PhD research degree from Victoria University, began reading firsthand accounts of the Gallipoli landings and soldiers on the frontline in 1980 and Goodbye, Cobber is the culmination of decades of interest in the Great War. The book and video were officially launched at Longbeach Place last Friday (22 July). See macart.com.au to read the ebook and watch the video.
UP to 200 parcels were stolen from the Australia Post depot in Braeside, 5.54pm, Monday 11 July. Police said the offenders entered the Venture Way premises through unlocked sliding doors at the front which give customers easy access to their locked post office boxes. They prised open a delivery hatch and unscrewed the lock to an inner door giving them access to the entire post office warehouse. After going through offices they accessed an area behind the reception counter where parcels packed ready for collection are stored. The thieves used a trolley to steal the parcels and, in their haste, left many strewn across the floor – and even out front of the building. CCTV footage shows a man wearing a grey tracksuit pants and hoodie, and a woman wearing a dark-coloured hoodie with two white stripes on the
sleeves and dark leggings. “Australia Post takes great pride in the safe, secure and efficient delivery of mail,” Australia Post national media manager Jared Lynch said. “The integrity of the mail is our highest priority. Mail theft is a criminal offence and this matter is being handled by the police. “Incidents of mail theft are rare and our corporate security and investigations group work closely with police on investigations. Security measures include CCTV, regular monitoring and screening. We are confident we have notified affected customers, however, if anyone has any concerns about their mail we encourage them to call us on 13 13 18.”
Fire call a hoax
A HOAX call caused the fire brigade to rush to a supposed fire at Moorabbin police station, midnight, Friday 22 July. The alleged caller – a Parkdale man, 38, whom police traced by his mobile phone number – told the operator there was a fire in a computer at the complex. This prompted police to search the Nepean Hwy building and prepare to implement their emergency evacuation plan, but action was aborted when no fire was found. At the time, eight male prisoners and two suspects were inside the building. The 13 police on duty were all made aware of the situation but no action was required to be taken. The caller – who is known to police – was allegedly seen earlier in the evening at Moorabbin railway station where he was ordered to leave by PSOs. He was later seen getting into a taxi outside Kingston police complex around the time the hoax call was made. He is to be interviewed for using a carriage service to menace and make a false report of fire to emergency services.
Drugs, driving charges POLICE pulled over a rental vehicle in Station St, Chelsea, early on Friday 22 July, and allegedly found a quantity of the drug ice, small deal bag and set of digital scales. The Cheltenham driver, 29, was found to have had his licence suspended for exceeding the speed limit by 45kph or more. Back at Kingston police complex the man admitted to being an ice addict over the past five years with a $100-a-day habit. He said he “couch surfed” at friends’ houses and was in Edithvale collecting a backlog of mail from his parents’ house. He said he was unaware his licence had been suspended. The man has been charged with possessing ice and driving while disqualified. He has been bailed to appear at court at a later date.
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