Swan Hill’s relentless focus on crime

Police in Victoria’s far north-west have arrested a number of people over the weekend as part of Operation Clancy, including one speeding driver more than 70 km/hr over the speed limit.

Operation Clancy was a night operation, running last Friday and Saturday evenings in Swan Hill and surrounding areas.

Police arrested three people as part of the operation and laid 29 charges including aggravated burglary, theft, drug and drink driving, assault, resisting arrest, and unlicensed driving offences.

A 48-year-old-man from St Albans was intercepted by Swan Hill Highway Patrol travelling at 172km/hr in a 100km/hr zone during the course of the operation.

He was charged with 15 offences, including reckless conduct endangering life, speeding and other driving-related offences. He was remanded and to appear in Swan Hill Magistrates Court on 30 June 2020.

A 32-year-old man from Swan Hill was arrested at an address in Tyntynder in relation to the alleged aggravated burglary of house in Swan Hill.

He was charged with 11 offences including aggravated burglary, intentionally causing injury, assault, two charges of possessing a drug of dependence and resisting arrest. He was remanded in custody and appeared in Swan Hill Magistrates Court on 30 June 2020.

In an unrelated matter, police executed a search warrant on a Swan Hill residence resulting in the recovery of stolen property from a recent Swan Hill burglary.

A 37-year-old female from Swan Hill was charged with two counts of burglary and theft. She was bailed to appear in Swan Hill Magistrates Court on 8 September 2020.

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Matthew Pascoe said the proactive night operation was aimed at dangerous drivers, burglars and thieves across the Swan Hill area.

“The type of offending we arrested people for as part of this operation has a significant impact on our community, especially those who are victims.

We’ll continue to be relentless in pursuing matters such as these until all offenders are identified and brought before the courts.”

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Pascoe said the operation’s success was due to a combined focus between CIU detectives, Highway Patrol and Uniform officers, as well as assistance from the general public.

“Apprehending these offenders is often possible due to community assistance and information. We urge the public to continue to assist us in combating crime in the region.”

If you see any suspicious activity, report it immediately to police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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