Arrested while asleep behind the wheel

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A 30 YEAR OLD Dandenong man has been arrested in Wagga Wagga, NSW, in connection with the theft of a Ford Ranger from Koonya Av, Blairgowrie, and a wallet from a car in Robin Pd, Rye.

CCTV images in The News last week showed a man using a credit card from the wallet to buy fuel and in-store items at a Rye service station, 6.30am, Thursday 14 April. Later, the same man was seen at a Frankston service station making more purchases with the stolen credit card. The card was declined when the man attempted to make more purchases at a Langwarrin Woolworths outlet.

Detective Senior Constable Grant O’Dwyer, of Mornington Peninsula Crime Investigation Unit, said Wagga Wagga police were called to investigate a man asleep in a car.

“When they attended and spoke to the male driver they located a quantity of stolen tools in the car as well as various wallets and identification documents which didn’t belong to him,” Detective O’Dwyer said.

“The car had stolen plates on it and the police worked out that it was the Ford Ranger stolen from Blairgowrie. The male was arrested and was to be interviewed for a number of offences.”

Local police said they intended to remand the man in custody to appear at Wagga Wagga Court Friday.

The car was being collected by the insurance company to be returned to the owner – apparently with only minor damage. 

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 3 May 2016

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