TWO people have been arrested for allegedly stealing about $500,000 worth of power tools, following a series of thefts in Mornington and across Melbourne’s southeast.
Frankston Crime Investigation Unit detectives made the arrests after investigating reports of thefts from vehicles and trailers across the southeast over the past three months.
It is alleged the pair were targeting unlocked trailers and cars parked at trade sites and shopping centres.
The alleged offending occurred between March and May at Mornington, Chadstone, Cheltenham, Dandenong, Frankston, Melbourne, and Narre Warren.
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 crimestoppersvic.com.au.
“We have absolutely no hesitation in tracking down and arresting anyone targeting the trade industry,” Detective Sergeant David Measham said.
“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.”