ANYONE seeking to meet a potential match online should be aware after cars were stolen earlier in the year.
Detective Leading Senior Constable Richard Thomson, of Frankston CIU, said people inviting unknown possible love interests into their homes – usually at night – were courting disaster.
“The victims are often too embarrassed to come forward after their assignations,” he said. “And it looks like it’s becoming a little bit more common.”
In one case in Langwarrin on Sunday 3 January a man arranged to meet a potential love-match in the woman’s home before pinching her car keys and stealing the car. It was driven to a house in Somerville where another car was stolen.
Detective Thomson said police suspect the car was used to steal cigarettes from a Langwarrin liquor store before being set alight.
A man police wish to speak with is of southern European appearance, about 173cm, aged 25-30 with a moustache and black hair with shaved sides.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Detective Thomson on 9784 5555.