8 October 2019

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NEWS DESK Police patrol

with Brodie Cowburn and Stephen Taylor

Burglary charges

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Frankston Times

The hammer was used to remove the cement drain cap out of the way, and the echidna was successfully freed.

Grand final arrests POLICE removed 243 drinks drivers and 265 drug drivers from the road statewide as part of Operation Scoreboard. They detected 8702 traffic offences and 746 crime offences while their increased presence was out on the roads. Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said it was “disappointing to see so many people make the conscious decision to drink or take drugs and get behind the wheel of a car.” “Everyone wants to have a good time on the footy grand final weekend, but unfortunately due to poor choices some people were either hit with a fine, lost demerits or had their car impounded,” he said. “Saying this, the majority of people did the right thing and were able to enjoy the weekend for all it had to offer.” Over 100,000 breath tests were conducted across the course of the police operation.

Police deploy spikes CARRUM Downs police members responded to a call that a person was standing over someone with a hammer, but arrived to find that they were trying to help an echidna. The echidna was stuck in a drain and could not get out.

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TWO men have been charged over a series of burglaries and thefts in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula in the past three weeks. A Rosebud man, 23, and a Port Arlington man, 32, were arrested at a Mornington McDonald’s car park by members of the Somerville Highway Patrol and Mornington police, 11.30pm, Thursday 26 September. The allegedly stolen car they were driving had been seen earlier at Mt Martha and again in the restaurant car park. The Rosebud man is facing 15 charges, including aggravated carjacking, firearms offences, theft of a vehicle and handling stolen goods. The Port Arlington man is facing 47 charges, including burglary, theft of, and theft from, motor vehicles. Detectives say the offences were committed between 6 and 26 September, and included an incident at Frankston on 17 September in which a man was allegedly hit on the forehead with a hand gun at a Nepean Highway service station. The arrests formed part of Operation Night Eagle, a Southern Metro Division 4 operation focused on recidivist offenders. It aimed to reduce high harm and high-impact crimes, including vehicle-related crime. The pair appeared before a bail justice on Friday and were remanded in custody. The Rosebud man was remanded in custody and is due to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates court on

17 October. The other man is set to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

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Spikey situation: Police work with members of the public to free a trapped echidna. Picture: Supplied

Alleged robbery on bus A MAN is being sought by police after an alleged robbery on a bus travelling from Frankston to Carrum Downs. At around 9.30pm on 22 August, a man on the 832 route bus is alleged to have slapped another passenger on the back of the head. The man is then alleged to have grabbed the victim by the collar and demanded their ear pods while threatening to produce a knife. The passenger gave over the earphones and the man is believed

to have got off the bus at Pardalote Avenue and Tattler Street in Carrum Downs. A CCTV image of a man police wish to speak to has been released. Anyone who recognises the man is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Bus robbery: A man police wished to speak to in relation to the alleged theft of ear pods. Picture: Supplied


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