29 August 2018

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NEWS DESK Police patrol The day the music died

AN Ibanez brand electric guitar valued at $4,500 was among a large list of expensive items stolen from a house in Maribou Place, Aspendale on 25 August. Offenders broke into the house through the back door, and also stole a Fender brand amplifier, a go-kart engine, and a Playstation 4 with controllers. Kingston CIU Senior Sergeant Shane Cashman urged anybody who witnessed any suspicious activity between 11am and 11pm on 25 August to come forward. “They’re items you have to carry away, you can’t just fit these in your pockets, so someone may well have seen something. If anyone saw anybody in that area, please let us know at 9556 6121,” he said.

Car break-in

A CAR has had its front window smashed in a burglary on Wells Road, Chelsea Heights. Offenders broke into the vehicle between 11pm on 20 August and 7am on 21 August. The victim’s purse was stolen by the offender. A white ute was spotted entering Wells Road at 3.45am, and police wish to speak to anyone who witnessed the vehicle in the area during that time.

Bicycles burgled

THREE bicycles have gone missing in Ward Street, Cheltenham. One bike was a black and red Gi-

ant ATX 2, the other was a blue and white Fuji Roubaix 1.1, and the last one was a black and grey Reid Urban. The total value of the three bikes was $2450. Kingston CIU Senior Sergeant Shane Cashman said the bikes were taken between 5pm on 16 August and 9am on 18 August. “Offenders have broken a combination lock that had three bicycles chained together on the front carport of a premises,” he said. “If anyone has been offered any of those bikes please let us know at the CIU.” Anyone with any further information should contact the Crime Investigations Unit at 9556 6565.

Lights out but somebody’s home

SLEEPING on the job took on a whole new meaning last week when a man was found semi-conscious in the roof of a chemist’s shop hours after it had been burgled. Detective Shaun Rampal, of Frankston CIU, said the Frankston man, 29, may have fallen unconscious after consuming prescription drugs allegedly stolen from shelves during the early morning raid. Police were called to Chemist Warehouse on Wells Street after staff heard banging and thumping in the ceiling, 5.30pm, Saturday 18 August. They were unsure whether the noise was caused by a person or a trapped animal until a man’s head appeared through a hole in the ceiling.

Frankston CFA crews used a ladder to bring him down. CCTV footage showed a man gaining access to the store through the roof and rifling the shelves at 3am, 14 hours earlier. He then scampered back into the ceiling cavity where he remained until his movements alerted staff. The man was taken to Frankston Hospital for treatment. He was expected to be charged with burglary upon his release from hospital, Detective Rampal said.

Thefts lead to charges A FRANKSTON man was charged with 33 counts including theft of, and from, cars, as well as theft and handling stolen goods when arrested in Chelsea last week. The 42-year-old allegedly committed the offences in the Frankston and Chelsea areas from 22 July-16 August. Detective Senior Constable James Keegan, of Frankston CIU, said the man was apprehended in a stolen vehicle while allegedly attempting to jump-start another vehicle, Thursday 16 August. A set of number plates in his possession were linked to another stolen car. He was remanded to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court, 24 September.

Home-made bomb explodes FIERY debris from a home-made

explosive device detonated in Karingal in the early hours was scattered up to 70 metres and “could have killed or seriously injured someone”, police said. Detective Senior Constable Bernard Dowling, of Frankston CIU, said neighbours alerted by fiery rumblings in the street, 1am, Friday 17 August, called police to the scene on Karingal Drive. They arrived to witness three explosions in which petrol-filled aerosol cans were set alight and “firing like rockets”. The explosions sent shrapnel flying through the air and melted bitumen beneath. A 16-year-old Karingal youth was charged with making an explosive device and conduct endangering persons. He will appear before a children’s court at a later date.

Cheeky punch

A MAN who was punched in the face at a Frankston hotel fell backwards unconscious, 10.50pm, Saturday 18 August. Detective Sergeant Alistair Boyd, of Frankston CIU, said the 41-yearold Langwarrin man was later found to be not seriously injured in the alleged attack at The Cheeky Squire. Detectives say they expect to interview the alleged attacker soon.

of Ballarto and McCormicks roads. One man is described as 170cm tall wearing a grey hoodie. The possibly stolen car was destroyed. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Undersized, overfilled

A CAR towing a box trailer full of metal sheeting on the FrankstonDandenong Road, Seaford, was pulled over and the driver fined, Wednesday 22 August. He told Somerville Highway Patrol police he was taking the load to the recyclers. Despite having an orange flag on the end the load was still considered inappropriate and dangerous to other road users. The driver was fined $242 for breaching load limit rules as box trailers are not permitted any rear overhang – flag or no flag. Police urge drivers to plan ahead and use the correct size vehicle or trailer for their load, or perhaps consider having oversize goods delivered by the store.

Car set alight

TWO men used an accelerant to set fire to a car in the Carrum Downs shopping centre car park, 3.45pm, Wednesday 15 August. They ran off in a westerly direction when shoppers came on the scene at the corner

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