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Charges upgraded after triathlete’s road death Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au

Bike owner sought A BLACK Triumph motorcycle found at a Cranbourne West house is believed to be stolen. Dandenong police said a man at the house said he had recently bought the bike. Police inspecting the bike on 22 March saw that the engine number and registration plates had been filed off and removed. They said the man refused to provide details of the seller and was arrested and interviewed. Dandenong police are appealing for public help in identifying the owner of the bike. It has a distinctive purple trim and kickstand. Anyone with information is asked to call 9767 7440, or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppersvic.com.au and quote incident number 190102714.

Car stolen POLICE are investigating the theft of a distinctive red 1975 Ford Falcon GS sedan from outside a Langwarrin house between 17-21 March. Anyone with information is asked to call Senior Constable Smith, at Frankston police station, 9784 5555, or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppersvic.com.au and quote incident number 190102714.

Phone goes A MAN who rifled through a bag on a bike

chained up outside a Rosebud liquor store allegedly stole a $700 mobile phone, Thursday 14 February. Police said man, above, put the phone in his pocket before walking into the store. Anyone with information about the theft or the identity of the man, pictured, is urged to contact Constable Ebony Treweek, at Rosebud police station, 5986 0444, or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at crimestoppersvic.com.au

Blower stolen A STIHL blower valued at $400 was stolen from a 2018 Toyota Hilux parked on the nature strip outside a house in Inglewood Crescent, Rosebud, overnight 1 April. Detective Senior Sergeant Miro Majstorovic, of Mornington Peninsula CIU, said a lock was cut from a box in the rear tray to steal the blower.

Cyclists struck TWO cyclists were struck on the back of their heads with an unknown object thrown by a passenger in a white Holden Commodore, Tuesday 19 March. The father and son were riding along Cranbourne-Frankston Road near Peninsula Link about 4.15pm when the assault occurred. The car was last seen turning off onto McClelland Drive, Langwarrin.

CHARGES against a Parkdale man have been upgraded to culpable driving after a cyclist was knocked down in an alleged hit-and-run at Chelsea, Thursday 28 March. Chelsea triathlete Michelle Ruitenbeek, 50, was riding her bike along the Nepean Highway at 5.40am when she was allegedly struck by a utility driven by the man, 28, who allegedly fled the scene. She was taken to hospital but died two days later. The man was arrested in Broadmeadows hours later while his car was found at Seaford about 8am. He was charged with dangerous driving causing serious injury and failing to render assistance and appeared at an out-of-session court hearing that day. The charges have now been upgraded and the man has been bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 1 August for a committal hearing. Mornington Peninsula Triathlon Club president Kirrily Guinan paid tribute to a “beautiful human being” on social media. “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we acknowledge the tragic passing of Michelle Ruitenbeek. Those blessed to know Michelle will be heartbroken as they reflect on the passing of a dear friend known for her energy, tenacity, enthusiasm and unwavering support of others within our community. “Those not so close to Michelle will equally be devastated to learn of the passing of one of our own and the grief so many close to Michelle are feeling right now.” Ms Guinan on behalf of the triathlon community offered her “heartfelt love to Michelle, her

Race run: Michelle Ruitenbeek competes in the sport she loved. Picture: Supplied

family and those closest to her”. “We cannot change the awful circumstances of Michelle’s death, but we can take this moment and amplify her life and her passing by supporting [her] family in the days ahead, by supporting each other as we grieve. “We [can] ensure that this tragic accident informs the decisions we collectively make to safeguard ourselves and others on the road.” Ms Ruitenbeek was a club champion, Victorian duathlon champion and an Ironman all-world athlete. Competitors of the 2XU Triathlon at St Kilda on Sunday 31 March, for which Ms Ruitenbeek was training when she knocked down, wore black armbands in her honour and competitors left flowers in her memory. A funeral service to celebrate Ms Ruitenbeek’s life was to be held today (Tuesday 9 April) at Le Pine Funerals, Mordialloc, followed by a private burial service at Bunurong Memorial Park.

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