IT was a busy weekend for Mildura Police, with a number of offences being committed across the region, including drink and drug driving incidents detected during a road traffic operation.
In the early hours of Saturday morning (28/3) two males were arrested in relation to theft of fuel from a rural property. The males allegedly attended a rural property on the Meridian Road in South Merbein and stole the fuel. They were arrested at the scene and conveyed to the Mildura Police Station. A 28 year old male was subsequently charged with theft and was bailed to appear at court at a later date while a 24 year old male was also charged with theft and was remanded in custody.
At approximately 2.30am on Saturday morning, a 21 year old male was searched by police, they allegedly located cannabis, a knife and an extendable baton. The male was interviewed, charged with drug and weapon related offences and released on bail to appear at court at a later date.
Five people were also arrested over the weekend for having outstanding warrants. The four males and one female were all bailed to appear at court at a later date.
Police seeking public assistance
Mildura Police are seeking the public’s assistance on a number of matters including in relation to a set of registration plates that have been reported stolen from a vehicle in Honour Avenue in Merbein. The theft occurred between Saturday, March 14, and Sunday March 29. The plates in question are Victorian registration plates ‘QHI118’.
On Sunday afternoon (29/3) the theft of a purse was reported at a supermarket on Fifteenth Street in Mildura. The purse was stolen out of the victim’s handbag and occurred between 12.30pm and 1pm. A number of these types of offences have occurred in recent months and police recommend that you always carry your handbag on your shoulder with the handbag zipped up and closed.
If you have any information about these incidents contact the Mildura Police Station on
50 185 300 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Traffic operation driver infringements
A traffic operation was conducted over the weekend, in which there were over 100 vehicles intercepted. There were three drivers found to be allegedly drink driving and four drivers allegedly testing positive for an illicit substance. Two vehicles were impounded and 12 infringement notices were issued. During this operation, two persons were remanded for drug related offences and two persons remanded for other crime related offences.
Crime prevention messaging
Police have received reports about online scams relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The scams have included emails and text messages offering information about the virus. Clicking on these links can allow the scammer to infiltrate your device, corrupt your data and allow access to your information.
Unfortunately, there are some people in our community who seek to illegally profit from others during this challenging time. Where appropriate, police will thoroughly investigate and prosecute this type of offending.
If you think you’ve been scammed, please report this to the ACCC: www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam.
To learn more about scams, visit: www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/covid-19-coronavirus-scams.