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Putting the bite on arrested teen
A POLICE dog bit a teenager during an arrest after a pursuit along Peninsula Link, 12.19am, Tuesday 12 December. Somerville Highway Patrol had attempted to intercept a black Subaru with stolen number plates allegedly speeding through roadworks towards Springvale Rd. The teen, a boy, 18, and girl, 17, and another youth still at large, were spotted by the police helicopter after they dumped the car in a retirement village car park and attempted to hide. A dog from the Canine Unit cornered them in the front yard and bit the 18-year-old teenager, of Mill Park, who was recovering in Maroondah Hospital last week. He is likely to face car theft charges. A Mill Park girl has been bailed to appear on similar charges at a children’s court at a later date. The third teen is still at large.
Balaclava gang robbery UP to 10 offenders wearing balaclavas robbed a unit in The Ambassador complex, Frankston, 10.40pm, Saturday 9 December. A resident, 38, told police he answered a knock at his door and was shocked to see two men wearing balaclavas standing outside. They forced their way in before knocking him to the ground and beating him. The man managed to break free and escape and ran along Nepean Highway to the police station. Officers formed a cordon around the complex but the men had gone. Neighbours said they saw six men wearing balaclavas but police believe the number may be as high as 10. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.
Charges follow burglary
A CAPEL Sound man has been charged with aggravated burglary after a raid on a Carrum Downs house, 9.20am, Friday 8 December. The offender is alleged to have smashed a side window at the Shearwater Drive house and opened the front door. He is alleged to have searched the premises stealing jewellery and other items. When the homeowner awoke and confronted him the man fled. The Carrum Down divisional van intercepted the man’s car in Lyrebird Drive and found the booty inside. A 40-year-old man was bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date.
Bank mortgage man nabbed A FORMER Seaford loans manager has been charged with deceiving the National Australia Bank of more than $813,000. The Lysterfield man will face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for a committal mention in February over the alleged deceptions in which he is said to have “skimmed” a small commission percentage from up to 380 loans over four years. He will face up to 50 charges alongside a coaccused man, 33, of Box Hill South, who it is alleged to have acted as an external accomplice. The charges range from attempting to obtain property by deception, conspiring to defraud the bank and three counts of possessing the proceeds of crime – including a Ferrari and cash totalling $825,176. The loans they are alleged to have skimmed ranged in value from less than $100,000 to more than $2 million. Detective Senior Constable Stuart Hough, of
Frankston CIU, said Andrew Matthews, 35, the NAB’s mobile banker of the year for regional Victoria in 2015, was involved in a “sophisticated home loans commissions scam”. He allegedly falsified loans documents by getting customers to sign pages saying they had been referred through the bank’s Inducer Program 2012-16 which earned a small commission. Detective Hough said the program rewarded people who did not work for the bank for referring new customers. He said Mr Matthews split the commission paid to his alleged accomplice. Mr Matthews was sacked in July last year when the alleged scam was uncovered through the bank’s internal review processes. The fraudulent behaviour came after the NAB revealed it had sacked another 20 bankers and disciplined 32 over the sale of mortgages without accurate customer information and documentation. Stephen Taylor
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