Pair charged as police recover more than $100k of designer goods

A thieving duo’s crime spree has come to an end after Melbourne East police caught the two women in possession of 202 allegedly stolen designer goods earlier this week.

Police will allege the pair targeted high-end department stores in Bourke Street Melbourne with the first reported incident occurring 4 September at about 2.00pm.

The pair were allegedly observed selecting a number of high-end clothing items, hiding the items in bags before making their way to a car park and leaving the area.

Following the initial report, police utilised available CCTV and were able to identify a further three incidents of alleged theft occurring between 11 September to 2 October.

On 18 November police executed a search warrant at a residential address in Ralton Avenue Glen Waverley where they recovered the 202 allegedly stolen items with an estimated value of $100,000 including:

– 194 designer clothing items

– Four designer handbags

– One pair of high-end shoes

The two women, a 52 and 24-year-old from Glen Waverley, were arrested and charged with a total of nine counts of theft.

They have both been bailed to appear before the Ringwood Magistrates Court on 17 May 2023.

Quotes from Melbourne East Neighbourhood Policing Team Sergeant Luke Read:

“As part of this investigation we uncovered an Aladdin’s Cave of allegedly stolen luxury items including everything from clothing, bags and shoes.

“When a report is made, police will use any and all available intelligence to not only identify criminals in the act but also link them to any historical offending.

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