Detectives from the Central Goldfields Crime Investigation Unit have charged a man following an alleged car theft and subsequent petrol thefts which occurred in central Victoria earlier this month.
Investigators have been told a white 2010 Peugeot station wagon was allegedly stolen from a property in Fitzgeralds Close, Castlemaine on 10 October.
It is alleged the stolen Peugeot was later involved in petrol drive-offs at petrol stations in Bendigo and Taradale.
The stolen vehicle was located burnt out in Castlemaine on 14 October.
A 31-year-old Bendigo man has been charged with 50 charges, including theft of motor vehicles, thefts, criminal damage by fire, commit offences on bail, breach bail conditions and drive while disqualified.
He has been remanded to appear at Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on 15 November 2021.