Police Beat

October 06, 2017

Operation scores driver a date in court

A Yarrawonga man has a date lined up with the Magistrates’ Court after his vehicle was intercepted by South East State Highway Patrol last week.

Police observed the allegedly unregistered vehicle on McLean St, Yarrawonga about 9.30pm and intercepted it.

The 34-year-old subsequently underwent a breath test, returning an alleged alcohol reading of 0.222 per cent.

He also allegedly tested positive to cannabis and is expected to be charged on summons for drink and drug-driving and other traffic-related offences.

Additionally, the man was arrested on an outstanding warrant over assault-related matters.

He has been bailed and is due to appear at the Cobram Magistrates’ Court on November 1.

The intercept forms part of Operation Scoreboard, a statewide focus on road user behaviour that will target speed, driver distraction, seatbelt non-compliance, fatigue and drink and drug driving in an effort to reduce road trauma.


●A Blackwood Crescent house was burgled overnight on September 25 when the resident was away.

Thieves stole assorted household and shed items and Cobram detectives are investigating.

●Overnight on September 29 offenders marked graffiti over several sheds on Campbell Rd.

If you have any information, phone Cobram police on 58711977.

●On the evening of September 30, four dead young dogs were dumped in the Tocumwal Bends on Goulburn Valley Hwy.

Police are currently investigating and if anyone has information they should phone Cobram police on 58711977.


●A local student is devastated after a donation tin left at Yarrawonga IGA as part of a school project went missing on September 26.

The 25cm high tin was painted black and had the words ‘Noah’s Ark’ and animals on the outside in white.

It was on a seat near the supermarket entrance but was not secured.

Staff are helping police with CCTV footage.

●On September 26 thieves gained entry into a River Rd address, ransacking the residence and making off with a bottle of cognac and a small safe.

●Four Husqvarna chainsaws valued at more than $4000 were stolen from the WB Hunter Home Timber and Hardware store on Murray Valley Hwy about 5am on Wednesday, September 27.

Thieves broke into a shipping container on the site before breaking an aluminium-framed glass door to get into the main store.

They then took the chainsaws from a display and used a store trolley to remove them.

●Police are also checking CCTV footage from businesses in Belmore St, Yarrawonga, after two shop windows were damaged overnight on Friday, September 29.

Windows at an Indian restaurant and The Reject Shop were damaged, possibly by being kicked.

●On October 2, two vehicles were involved in an attempted ram raid at Bunnings.

A vehicle towing a stolen trailer was used to reverse into a Bunnings Trade roller door.

After leaving the scene a 2016 Holden Commodore was located by Wangaratta Police but failed to stop for police.

The second vehicle was last seen also heading in an easterly direction on the Murray Valley Hwy at Yarrawonga.

Police are investigating links to other similar crimes during the past two weeks.

If anyone witnessed anything or has information, contact Cobram Criminal Investigation Unit or Crime Stoppers.


●A Melbourne family’s Barmah holiday home was recently burgled by a thirsty thief who gained access through an unlocked laundry window.

The family returned to the holiday house last week and discovered electrical items, a kneeboard, coffee and a beer from the fridge missing.

●A 42-year-old Barmah man will receive a summons to appear at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court after he resisted and assaulted police during a vehicle intercept on the Shepparton-Barmah Rd in Kaarimba on September 22.

The man was sprayed with OC foam due to his aggressive behaviour and later returned a breath test result of 0.156.


●Fire investigators have attended the scene of a fire that destroyed a vacant house in Loofs Rd about 6am on Friday, September 19.

The house, which was destroyed, was in the process of being prepared for sale.

●Cobram detectives are investigating a deliberately lit fire at an old commercial premises on Beek St on Wednesday afternoon.

The old bank building on the corner of Moore St had been used as a residence in recent times and was completely destroyed.


Cobram Neighbourhood Watch will be cooking up a sausage sizzle storm outside Cobram Woolworths this Saturday from 9am.

Please buy a sausage and support Neighbourhood Watch and its volunteer staff, who provide a great service to our community.

●Anyone with information in relation to any offence can contact their local police or phone Crime Stoppers on 1800333000. Or submit a confidential crime report at:

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