15 January 2019

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With Stephen Taylor

Arrest over thefts, burglaries THE theft of petrol from a service station on Pt Nepean Road, Tootgarook, in mid-December, was one of a string of thefts and burglaries allegedly committed by a Cranbourne North man arrested Wednesday 9 January. Detectives from the Cardinia CIU, Special Operations Group and the Dog Squad nabbed the 30-year-old in Hampton Park over the incidents which occurred between OctoberDecember across the south eastern suburbs and Ballarat. During the arrest the man was injured and taken to hospital under police guard. He faces 38 charges relating to an aggravated burglary at Ballarat East, burglary at a Beaconsfield Upper hotel, burglary at Officer where a firearm safe was stolen along with the keys to the safe and set of car keys, theft of a Jeep Grand Cherokee from the Kilsyth Football Oval, theft of petrol from a service station, Langwarrin, burglary at fast-food restaurant, Koo Wee Rup, where $500 cash, two reams of paper and a slab of coke was allegedly stolen, and a burglary at a fast-food restaurant, Belgrave, where $1500 was allegedly stolen, and theft of a white 2018 Mercedes Benz wagon from Tonimbuk. Other charges relate to petrol thefts which allegedly occurred at service stations in Moorabbin, Lynbrook, Springvale, and Lynbrook. Police allege they later found four stolen motorcycles and other property at houses in Cranbourne North and Doveton. The man was remanded to appear at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on 1 February. In relation to these incidents, detectives arrested a 22-year-old Cranbourne West man and 23-year-old Carrum Downs woman at a Cranbourne West property. The man was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, theft from a motor vehicle, handling stolen goods and negligently dealing with the proceeds of crime. The woman was interviewed and released.

Boat capsize A MAN, 71, was seriously injured and later died in hospital when the boat he and a woman were riding in capsized off Blairgowrie, Friday 11 January. Police and emergency services were called to the beach at 10am after a passing boat picked up the stricken couple and took them to shore. An ambulance rushed the man to Frankston hospital in a critical condition. The woman was not injured. Senior Constable Alistair Parsons, of the Media Unit, said police were yet to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident. The investigation was ongoing.

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Bin blaze

THE driver of this Peugeot 307 convertible was slugged with a $645 fine for a “substantial load breach” after being spotted carrying an old gate in the back seat along Bittern-Dromana Road last week. The Rosebud woman told members of Somerville Highway Patrol she was planning to use the wooden panels in a renovation project. She said she thought the load was safe as she was “only driving slowly,” police said.

A DUMP bin found ablaze outside a Bunnings store off Moorooduc Road, 28 December, was said to have “self-combusted”. Police called to the blaze at 3.20pm said the fire was caused by dumped chemicals, including bottles of thinners.

House fire A FAULTY solar panel inverter is believed to have caused a fire at a house in Dromana, Friday 28 December, in which three occupants were evacuated by CFA crews. Police spoke to the owner of the Storer Drive property and ruled the fire non-suspicious.

Cliff rescue A WOMAN stuck on a cliff at Portsea back beach, Friday 28 December, had to be rescued by police. The woman suffered only minor injuries and scratches to her ankle. She left with her mother.

Passenger airlifted A WOMAN in her early 20s was airlifted to The Alfred hospital from Somerville oval last week after the car in which she was a passenger crashed into a power pole. After being assessed she was found to be “not as badly injured as first thought”. Police said the late model Holden station wagon was travelling at up to 100kph in a 60kph zone along Frankston-Flinders Road, in the early hours of Saturday 5 January. They said they were not pursuing the car but caught up to it only after it crashed at the intersection of Bungower Road. The driver, a 23-year-old man from Somerville, was handcuffed at the scene. He and another man, also in his early 20s, were then taken by ambulance to Frankston Hospital for observation. The car was a write-off. There were no reports it had been stolen.

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