Police patrol Tools stolen in early morning
TRADIES’ vehicles in Dingley, Chelsea Heights, Waterways and Aspendale Gardens were robbed of tools and equipment in the early hours of Monday 7 August. Sergeant Peter Milligan, of Kingston police, said thieves raided eight utes and trailers, stealing $23,900 in power tools, including drills, saws, ratchet guns, planers, multi-tools and gauges. Despite a loud banging noise heard during one of the raids, no one got up to investigate, with one resident
thinking it was the wind. The tradies’ vehicles were parked in driveways as well as on streets outside their houses. Sergeant Milligan said some of the tradies may not have realised they had been robbed until they fronted up for work that morning. “Even though all the vehicles were locked the thieves forced their way inside to steal the items,” he said. “We urge tradies to be vigilant and to park their vehicles out of street view behind locked gates and securely locked. “They should take pictures of their tools and record their serial numbers
and keep those serial numbers in a separate place.” Police will make inquiries at second-hand dealers and pawn shops in the hope of recovering the tools.
Burglary charges A HEATHCOTE man, 38, has been charged with 23 burglaries on businesses in Carrum Downs, Frankston South, Hastings, and Somerville since 10 July. Mornington Peninsula Detective Sergeant Steve Read said the man was arrested at a friend’s house in Somerville last week. He was also charged over five bail
breaches. The man allegedly targeted electrical supplies, hairdressers, radiologist and plumbing supplies – and five dental surgeries. CCTV and “police methodology” was used to establish his identity. He was remanded to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court next month.
Echo Taskforce arrests A CARRUM Downs man, 26, was among five people arrested by Casey detectives, 6am, Tuesday 25 July, on multiple warrants targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs. Drugs and weapons were seized at
various addresses in the raids held in conjunction with the Echo Taskforce. Two Hampton Park men, aged 20 and 21, were arrested as well as a 24-year-old Hampton Park man – arrested at Cranbourne North – who is a known Comancheros bikie gang associate. An 18-year-old woman was also arrested at the same address. Frankston station commander Senior Sergeant Michael Lamb said: “Our foot patrols are having a real impact on public safety. The response from traders and the public has been very positive. “Our commitment to these increased foot patrols will continue.”
Arrests at station ‘outstanding’ result OFFICERS from Victoria Police’s transit safety division joined forces last Tuesday (1 August) with Frankston police, Sheriff’s officers and Metro Trains officers to target anti-social behaviour at Frankston train station and the bus precinct. Over the course of the day as part of Operation Rickman, police issued 92 infringements, five traffic internments and arrested 15 people wanted on outstanding warrants. Two people were arrested for carrying weapons. Sheriff’s officers executed 311 warrants totalling in just under $130,000
in outstanding fines. Inspector Martin Hardy, Local Area Commander for South Transit Safety Division said: “Operation Rickman is just one great example of law enforcement agencies working together to ensure community safety and security on the public transport system.”
Stop and search: Police officers and Metro Trains staff question a passerby as part of Operation Rickman last week. Picture: Supplied
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