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January 12, 2018

Two men have been arrested following a report regarding a car collision and the same car being set alight in Hughes Creek Rd, Tarcombe, recently.

Car set alight

Two men have been arrested following a report regarding a car collision and the same car being set alight in Hughes Creek Rd, Tarcombe, recently.

Mitchell service area detectives have charged the men with handling stolen property, criminal damage by fire and recklessly causing a bushfire, as the fire spread to surrounding ground and trees.

A Yea man, 21, was remanded in custody and a 22-year-old man from Broadford was bailed to attend court at a later date, with a woman, 20, who was still at the scene when police arrived expected to be charged on summons with theft of a motor car.

Questioned over burglaries

A Seymour man has been interviewed by Mitchell detectives regarding several incidents.

The 38-year-old man was charged with numerous offences relating to an alleged break in at a hamburger outlet in Emily St, Seymour, and an attempted burglary of a Wallis St, Seymour, tobacco shop in late October as well as the more recent burglary of a house in Delatite Rd, Seymour, in late November.

He was remanded in custody.

Burglary offences

A Seymour man, 27, and Seymour woman, 30, have been charged with burglary and related offences on a local transport business just before Christmas.

A van stolen from the property was later found burned out at Mickleham.

The man has also been charged with breaking into a house in Delatite Rd, Seymour, at about the same time when a laptop, some watches, iPad and camera were stolen. This property has not been found yet.

Alleged crime spree

A Seymour man, 30 has been remanded in custody following an alleged crime spree, which started after stealing two vehicles and other property from a winery in early December.

According to Mitchell detectives, this then led to alleged burglaries including a clothing store in Anzac Ave, Seymour, where cash and shirts were stolen and the golf course at Yea where power and garden tools were stolen.

One of the stolen vehicles was finally dumped in Telegraph Rd, Seymour, and set alight, with the second one found in Melbourne.

This man has also been charged with the burglary of the Avenel sporting complex and an attempted burglary at a Mangalore property.

Car chase

A man and women were arrested near Euroa after their vehicle broke down following an incident that saw them travel from Melbourne along the Western Hwy, Western Ring Rd, Calder Fwy and Hume Fwy.

According to Mitchell detectives, the police airwing monitored the vehicle, a Holden sedan, which officers first tried to intercept in Melton South on the evening of Monday, January 8.

The car initially sped off after police tried to intercept it because it was displaying false registration plates.

As the airwing monitored the vehicle it was seen to travel through several red lights, narrowly missing other cars, according to police, before it stopped at a service station near Seymour.

It sped off again, still travelling north along the Hume Fwy, after highway patrol members tried to speak with the occupants while stopped at the service station.

The car later broke down near Euroa, where the pair were arrested.

The male driver, a 35-year-old from Melton, was remanded in custody charged with numerous offences including evading police, conduct endangering life, driving while suspended and driving an unregistered car.

He also tested positive to drugs.

The female passenger from Preston, aged 22, was charged with possession of drugs after some methylamphetamine was found on her.

Firearms stolen

Investigations are continuing into the theft of firearms from a Highlands house, sometime during the night of Tuesday, January 9, and the following morning.

The offenders used the resident’s angle grinder, which they found to open a gun safe that was in a shed and steal the firearms and ammunition.

Anyone with any information can phone Mitchell detectives on 5735 0200.

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