Suspicious fire

WELLINGTON Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for public assistance with regard to a suspicious fire that occurred in Rosedale on Tuesday.

The fire occurred alongside the Princes Highway, near the intersection with Maffra Rosedale Road, about 2pm.

Nobody was injured in the fire, which burnt an acre of grassland.

According to Police Media, Detective Sergeant Andrew Mehlert said it was disappointing to see this kind of behaviour, especially into summer.

“I urge anyone who noticed any suspicious or unusual behaviour in the area to contact police and help us put a stop to this dangerous behaviour,” Det Sgt Mehlert said.

Standoff averted

A CHURCHILL man was arrested and charged after a confrontation with police last week during which he allegedly produced a knife.

Police located a vehicle at an address in Firmins Lane about 5.25am on Saturday after they received reports of hoon driving.

The 24 year-old man allegedly came out of the house with a knife, but police were able to convince him to put it down.

Police were armed with a taser, which was not deployed.

Shed burglary

VICTORIA Police have reminded residents, especially on rural properties, to lock their sheds after items valued at $14,000 were stolen by unknown offenders at a Tristiana Drive, Traralgon East, property over the weekend of 17 November.

According to investigators, the owner of the property noticed several items were missing from his shed, including an unregistered trailer, a Cub ride-on mower, two Stihl chainsaws, two Husqvarna chainsaws, as well as a Honda pump and generator.

Teenager arrested

A MORWELL teenager was arrested on Monday for a spate of crimes in the Morwell area over the past few weeks.

The 18 year-old, who is remanded in custody, was charged with eight counts of burglary, three thefts, two thefts of motor vehicles and one incidence of arson.

His co-offender, a 16 year-old Morwell boy was also cautioned.

Salvos targeted

THE Salvation Army premises in Dinwoodie Drive, Newborough, was the target of unknown offenders who have been throwing rocks, smashing the windows.

According to investigators, the Salvos has reported at least eight instances of its windows being broken in the last two months.

Police are appealing for public assistance and information on the crime.

Equipment stolen

SPECIALISED painting equipment valued in excess of $10,000 was stolen from two houses undergoing renovations in Moe between 7 and 13 November.

According to investigators, an unoccupied house in Truscott Road was broken in to and a Wagner 119 spray unit valued at $1600 was stolen.

The second incident took place in Cemetery Road, where unknown offenders forced entry to the house and took a Wagner SF 31 spray unit valued at $6000.

Other painting equipment valued at $3000 was also stolen from the premises.

Police believe the crimes are likely to be related and are appealing for public assistance.

If you have information on any of these incidents, phone CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.