Police have charged a man with numerous offences as a result of an investigation into the handling of stolen items from street robberies and thefts.
North West Metro Regional Crime Squad detectives and the Dog Squad executed a warrant at an address in O’Shanassy Street in North Melbourne yesterday (13 January).
Multiple items were seized as a result of the search warrant, including:
- Quantities of drugs including methylamphetamine and cannabis
- Quantity of cash
- 58 mobile phones believed to be stolen during street robberies
- 25 stolen identification cards and documents
- 33 ammunition rounds
- Several weapons including batons, daggers, knuckledusters, knives and slingshots
The 48-year-old North Melbourne man was subsequently charged with a range of offences, including trafficking methylamphetamine, possess methylamphetamine and cannabis, possess ammunition, possess prohibited weapon, possess controlled weapon and deal with the proceeds of crime.
He was bailed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 7 June.
Quotes attributable to North West Metro Regional Crime Squad Senior Sergeant Chris Ellway:
“Victoria Police recognises the significant and long-lasting impact crimes such as street robberies can have on victims, and the broader community.”
“That is why we take these crimes extremely seriously, and always investigate every report thoroughly.”
“We make no apologies for taking swift action to disrupt and hold those responsible for these crimes to account, along with those who are involved through the handling of stolen items.”