Property damage across Latrobe Valley

Numerous incidents of property damage and vandalism dominated Latrobe Valley police activity over the weekend, in what appeared to be mostly unrelated incidents.

In Traralgon a car window was smashed in Church Street with a beer bottle, while a car had its rear window smashed on Grey Street on Saturday evening.

A fence paling was used to break the kitchen window of a Grey Street household at 11pm Sunday, while in the early hours of Monday morning rocks were thrown at a house in Moore Street damaging three windows.

A pay phone booth on the corner of Albert and Market streets in Moe was smashed on Sunday afternoon about 2.30pm.

Police wish to speak to a young male offender of aboriginal appearance, seen near the phone booth at the time, regarding the incident.

In Morwell two vehicles were spray painted in Livingston Street between 8pm Saturday night and 12.30pm on Sunday.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should phone Morwell police on 5131 5000.

Unpaid fines up

Latrobe Valley residents owe $12.8 million in unpaid fines to the State Government, according to end of financial year statistics from the Victorian Sheriff’s Office.

As part of ongoing campaign to recover driving, residential and civil fines, 7710 warrants were actioned in the Latrobe local government area in 2012/13, as part of a 27 per cent statewide increase in unpaid fines on the previous year.

Sheriff of Victoria Brendan Facey said with 32,000 outstanding warrants in Latrobe area, too many people were letting their fines get out of control.