Tools down for thieving pair

Two people have been arrested for allegedly stealing approximately $500,000 worth of power tools following an investigation into a series of thefts across Melbourne’s southeast.

Frankston Crime Investigation Unit detectives made the arrests after investigating multiple reports of thefts from vehicles and trailers across the southeast over the last three months.

It’s alleged the pair were opportunistically targeting unlocked trailers and cars parked at trade sites and shopping centres across multiple suburbs.

The alleged offending occurred in Chadstone, Cheltenham, Dandenong, Frankston, Melbourne, Mornington, and Narre Warren from March to May this year.

A 33-year-old Cranbourne man and a 28-year-old Cranbourne woman were arrested on Tuesday (24 May), with police seizing more than 100 power and hand tools, golf clubs, a bike and high-end clothing.

Both have been charged with nearly 50 theft related charges including handling of stolen goods, going equipped to steal, theft and committing an indictable offence while on bail.

They have been remanded to appear before the Dandenong Magistrates Court on 28 June 2022.

Anyone with further information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at Link.

Quotes attributed to Detective Sergeant David Measham:

“Theft can sometimes seem like a victimless crime however the financial pain and burden on victims can far outlast any physical damage caused.”

“We have absolutely no hesitation in tracking down and arresting anyone targeting the trade industry.”

“Police never want to see anyone’s livelihood impacted by preventable crime and we ask all members of our community, please lock up your cars and help stop opportunistic thieves in their tracks.”

Lilly Skacej

Senior Communications Advisor

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