Supermarket theft

A MAN believed to be in his early 20s committed an armed robbery at the Aldi Morwell supermarket on Tuesday around 12.15pm.

According to Victoria Police, the man, who was described as being around 180 centimetres tall and wearing a grey/green plain hoodie, dark coloured tracksuit pants with a white stripe down the side, white runners, dark glasses and a tea towel over his face, threatened the store’s checkout attendant with a small knife.

The man demanded money and was given the cash till, which he then placed into a green recycle shopping bag and headed down Princes Drive on a push scooter.

Rude awakening

A MAN asleep in a house in Parer Avenue, Moe had a rude awakening when a Churchill man, believed to be known to him, entered the house and assaulted him on 22 August around 1.40am.

The 36 year-old offender had entered the property through the unlocked back door and went into the living room where the victim was asleep on a mattress.

The offender allegedly grabbed the man and delivered several punches to his head before running off.

The Churchill man was later charged and arrested by police and bailed.

Firebug charged

A 21 year-old Morwell man was charged by detectives on Monday for a car and house fire in Airlie Bank Road in July.

He was bailed on strict conditions to remain at his address in Morwell.

Man approaches girl

VICTORIA Police has released an image of a man believed to have been approaching young girls at bus stops across the Latrobe Valley.

Last week, a 14 year-old girl walking in Moore Street, Moe was approached by a man in a four-wheel-drive.

The man pulled up next to her and asked if she had seen his dog; the girl reportedly said a dog, which resembled a Jack Russell, was then seen in the car with him.

Police have concerns the man is the same one who approached a girl at a Churchill bus stop earlier this year.

He is described as being in his 40s, Caucasian in appearance and wearing an orange high-visibility shirt.

His vehicle is described as being a white four-wheel-drive station wagon with a white plastic molded cover over the spare wheel at the back. Police are appealing for public assistance to identify the man.

Over the limit

A NEWBOROUGH woman had her driver licence suspended immediately and was charged with drink driving and careless driving when she was involved in a collision and found to be four times over the limit.

The 29 year-old woman had her 16 month-old child in the rear of her car when she lost control of it, running off the road and ending up in the centre median strip at Trafalgar on Monday afternoon.

The accident took place on the Princes Highway near the Yarragon weighbridge around 1.45pm.

She was taken to the Moe police station where she recorded a blood alcohol content of 0.202 per cent.

Trafalgar police Leading Senior Constable Peter Ferguson said it was amazing that no one was injured in the incident.

“It looks like she lost control of the car, ran off the road and just missed two trees by inches,” he said in a statement.

“As a driver and especially a parent, you have a responsibility to look after anyone in your car; in this case she has sadly failed”.

Boys arrested for thefts

THREE boys from the Warragul and Drouin area were arrested and charged by Victoria Police on Tuesday night for attempted theft and interference with motor vehicle.

The boys, all aged 15 years, were interrupted by vigilant neighbours in Newborough as they were stealing items from a car.

Two of the boys were caught by residents while one fled; he had reportedly sought assistance from another nearby resident saying he had been assaulted.

The boys were taken to Moe Police Station where they were interviewed; one boy was bailed but the other two were found to be unsuitable for bail.

Thirsty thief

VICTORIA police wish to speak to a man who may assist in an investigation to a burglary at Michels Patisserie in Stockland Plaza Traralgon on 13 July.

Police believe the man would have information on a theft of a quantity of soft drink from the business.