Crime sprees linked

January 30, 2018

Crime sprees in Shepparton and Wunghnu during the weekend, in which homes were broken into and cars were stolen, are believed to be linked.

Detectives from Shepparton and Cobram police’s Criminal Investigation Units are working together in an attempt to solve almost 10 crimes across the two towns.

‘‘We are working with Shepparton (CIU) due to the crime in the areas that may be connected,’’ Cobram police Detective Senior Constable Bree George said.

Police said the spree was believed to have begun on Saturday night in Shepparton, continuing overnight in Wunghnu before more crimes were committed in Shepparton on Sunday.

A vehicle was stolen from Channel Rd, Shepparton, on Saturday night and was found on a rural property in Wunghnu on Sunday morning.

The same night, Wunghnu Bowls Club was broken into and a report was made following a theft from an unlocked vehicle in Dockery St, Wunghnu — where cash was stolen.

‘‘There was a burglary at the (Wunghnu) Bowls Club... alcohol was stolen,’’ Det Sen Const George said.

‘‘Offenders forced entry by breaking a window into the bar... stealing approximately 10 cans.’’

Wunghnu Bowls Club president Doug Larkin said along with the smashed window, offenders smashed the club’s double-glazed fridge to access the alcohol.

‘‘It was a fair clean-up job, we spent four hours of our day (on Sunday),’’ he said.

‘‘Thank God we didn’t have any bowls on, we moved our tournament earlier in the week to Cobram... could’ve been chaos otherwise.’’

Det Sen Const George said an aggravated burglary also occurred on Saturday night, with an offender reported to have stolen keys from inside a home in Welch St, Wunghnu.

‘‘A separate vehicle was then stolen from an address... while the victim was asleep,’’ she said.

Police said the stolen vehicle was found in Archer Rd, Kialla, on Sunday afternoon before a third vehicle was stolen from a nearby location.

‘‘The keys were obtained near the vicinity of the car... (the stolen vehicle) was later involved in a collision in Gilchrist St (in Shepparton on Sunday afternoon),’’ Det Sen Const George said.

‘‘Upon our arrival, the offenders had fled the scene.’’

Police are reviewing CCTV footage and speaking to a number of victims.

Police are unsure how many offenders were involved.

Anyone with information can phone Cobram police’s Criminal Investigation Unit on 58712866 or Shepparton police’s Criminal Investigation Unit on 58205800. Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, phone Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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