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Man arrested in relation to rural burglaries

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June 23, 2017

A Warrnambool man, 25, who is alleged to have committed seven burglaries in the past three years in the Strathmerton and Koonoomoo areas, stealing almost $19000 worth of gear, was arrested last Tuesday.

A Warrnambool man, 25, who is alleged to have committed seven burglaries in the past three years in the Strathmerton and Koonoomoo areas, stealing almost $19000 worth of gear, was arrested last Tuesday.

Cobram police detected the man on Monday night, June 12, during a routine traffic stop, but allege he refused to pull over.

‘‘He got up to speeds of 140km/h in a 80km/h zone, so police did not pursue,’’ Cobram police Detective Senior Constable Mathew Prestage said.

‘‘We’ve been looking for him for quite a while and (last Tuesday) he was arrested at a supermarket in Cobram about 8.45am, after a short foot pursuit.’’

Police said the first burglary happened in 2015, at a cherry growing business in Koonoomoo.

A quad bike, chainsaw, whipper snippers and a compressor with the value of about $10000 were taken from the property.

Police said all of the burglaries in the Koonoomoo and Strathmerton areas related to rural properties where chainsaws, generators and other tools were stolen.

Police believe the man was active on the weekend, allegedly breaking into a shipping container on Cobram-Koonoomoo Rd and stealing a generator and chainsaw.

Police said when he was arrested, he was allegedly found with items down his pants.

The thefts happened during a three-year period.

The man was released on bail and will reappear in Cobram Magistrates’ Court on September 6.

—Hayden Thompson

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