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Three youths charged

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August 05, 2017

Shepparton police detectives continue to investigate a string of aggravated burglaries in Mooroopna.

Shepparton police Crime Investigation Unit Detective Senior Sergeant Will Watkins said the aggravated burglaries had occurred in the past few weeks with homes of elderly people mainly targeted.

The aggravated burglary spree saw a variety of property such as jewellery and cash stolen.

‘‘A dedicated group of investigators was established to respond using significant police resources and a number of offenders were identified,’’ he said.

Det Sen Sgt Watkins said in some cases offenders entered people’s homes and intimidated them.

‘‘This type of offence causes more alarm in the community and carries with it additional sanctions than a standard burglary,’’ he said.

‘‘The victims are clearly traumatised, an invasion on someone’s home is abhorrent.

‘‘Police wish to reassure the public that their safety is paramount and these types of offences will always bring about a swift response.’’

Detectives have so far arrested three boys, aged between 12 and 16 in relation to the offences.

Det Sen Sgt Watkins said the investigation was continuing, but police had noticed a significant decrease in the number of burglary related offences in Mooroopna.

Det Sen Sgt Watkins said on Wednesday two teenagers were arrested and charged with multiple counts of aggravated burglary, theft and burglary charges.

On Thursday another teenager was arrested and charged with eight counts of theft, 12 burglary related offences, one count of attempted armed robbery and one offence against the bail act.

Two teenagers have been bailed to appear at court, while a third remains in custody.

Anyone with information about the aggravated burglaries in Mooroopna can phone Shepparton police on 58205777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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